Zach Price Update

Zach Price competed against some of the nation's best prospects at the NeXt All-American Classic in Chicago. The Louisville signee will play in the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic later this month, where he'll be working on Kevin Ware, one of Rick Pitino's top remaining 2011 recruits.

Louisville signee Zach Price played in the NeXt All-American Classic in Chicago last weekend, where he competed against some of the top prospects in the nation, including St. John's-bound center Norvel Pelle.

"It went well," Price siad. "I enjoyed playing against some of the top players in the country. I felt like I played pretty good. I mostly rebounded in the game. I had a couple of dunk attempts, finished a few plays and got to the free throw line. I thought it was a pretty good matchup [against Pelle] because he was a good shot blocker and we're going to play a lot of good shot blockers next year."

Price, a four-star prospect ranked one of the nation's Top 100 prospects, averaged 11.6 points and 7.6 rebounds as a senior for Jeffersontown. The 6-foot-10 center missed several games this season with an injury but felt his game improved after transferring from Cleveland (OH) St. Edward.

"It was a great experience," Price said. "Up in Cleveland – up north – they run more of a half court set. Further south I noticed the pace was faster. Being able to run the court each time and playing against great teams in the Sixth Region was a great experience. I felt like I made a lot of great strides in my game as far as getting in shape and being more of a dominant presence on the floor."

FoxSports.com's Jeff Goodman published his 2011-12 preseason rankings Tuesday and had Louisville No. 4 nationally. The Cardinals return nearly everybody from a team that went 25-10, and add a Top 10 recruiting class that includes Price, McDonald's All-American s Wayne Blackshear and Chane Behanan and Angel Nunez, a 6-7 forward from prep school.

"I feel like we have the potential to live up that expectation," said Price. "We do have a good recruiting class and we're capable of doing it, but it's all going to be hard work."

Louisville also will add Tony Woods, a 6-11 transfer from Wake Forest, to the lineup next year. Woods lives in Louisville and has been attending classes at Jefferson Community College. While he waits to join Rick Pitino's program, Woods has developed a close friendship with Price.

"We kick it a lot," Price said. "Every now and then we work out together and go up against each other. He plays the big brother role and tells me what to expect in college. He's a really good role model. He's more of a post-player, but he does have a jump shot. He's very explosive and athletic."

Next on the agenda for Price is the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic on April 22, where he'll team with Blackshear, Nunez and Behanan. "I'm definitely looking forward to all the Louisville recruits playing on one team," Price said.

Price and his Louisville-bound teammates will be working on four-star guard Kevin Ware at the Derby Festival Classic. Ware, who recently received a release from Tennessee, is being recruited by Louisville and told the Atlanta Journal Constitution Tuesday that the Cardinals are his current "frontrunner."

"I'm recruiting him pretty tough," Price said. "I want him to come to Louisville because I think he can really complete our class. He's a real great guy and he's one of the most underrated point guards. I think he would make a big difference for our program. I think Louisville is up there in his decision-making. He's going to have to check out the school when he comes up here."


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