Pitino lands standout 2011 big man

Zach Price was one of several elite 2011 prospects on Louisville's campus this weekend. Price had visited the Cardinals earlier this summer and his second trip sealed the deal for Louisville.

Zach Price, an athletic, 6-foot-9, 220-pound power forward, called Rick Pitino Tuesday night and gave the University of Louisville a big 2011 commitment.

"I basically had a great feel about their school in June when I first visited and my second visit sealed the deal," Price said. "What sealed the deal was we were taking pictures and Coach Pitino said, 'come stand next to me because I'm going to be your coach.' That's the same thing my high school coach told me so I knew he was the coach for me."

After spending the weekend visiting Louisville with his family, Price spoke with Pitino Tuesday night and gave the Cardinals coach good news.

Zach Price gave Louisville good news after
his recent visit.

"He was very excited to have me and I'm very excited to be a Cardinal," Price said.

An outstanding shot blocker, Price nearly averaged a triple-double as a sophomore, averaging 13 points, eight rebounds and nine blocks. Pitino envisions the athletic big man playing both the center and power forward positions.

"He's going to interchange me and Chandler between the four and five," said Price, who chose Louisville over Ohio State and Michigan State. "I have no problem with it. He wants to expand my game more to being able to take people off the dribble and playing away from the paint."

With Chandler, Price and Ryan Taylor in the fold for 2011, Louisville is starting to put together a monster recruiting haul. Chandler, the No. 13 prospect in the nation, and Price, the No. 38 ranked prospect, give UofL serious frontcourt talent. Now, Pitino has his sights set on five-star guards Marquis Teague and Wayne Blackshear and versatile forward Mike Shaw. Teague, Blackshear and Shaw visited Louisville over the weekend.

"I don't want to make any predictions about the other recruits on campus but we should be something special," Price said.

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