Price shows improvement at NBA Camp

Zach Price was easily one of the top centers at last week's NBA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville. The 6-foot-10 Louisville commitment showed off an improved game and appears poised for a strong July. Price spoke with about his desire to reach his potential and why he's determined to play for the Cardinals.

One word sums up Zach Price's play at last week's NBA Top 100 Camp: Solid.

Price, a 6-foot-9, 240-pound center who verbally committed to Louisville last summer, was one of top big men at the invitation-only camp in Charlottesville, Va. He played hard from start to finish, posted up strong on the block and showed a deft left handed hook shot over the right shoulder and crashed the boards hard.

For Price, it was an opportunity to improve his game against some of the best competition in the nation before the July AAU schedule heats up next month.

"This camp gives us better exposure and the opportunity to play against better competition," Price said. "It's all about getting better at this camp. That's what getting up at 6 a.m. is all about. Playing against the best players is a good privilege and I feel honored to be here and show my talents the best I can."

Price, according to camp directors, was a 'Workout Warrior' while in Charlottesville, meaning he arrived early to gym for voluntary workouts with camp instructors to hone his skills and improve his game before camp 'officially' started.

"I'm not focusing on my offense, more so my defense and different aspects of my game like blocking shots and rebounding," Price said. "Doing other things I don't normally do but I can work on against good competition so I'll be ready in July when I'm back on the AAU circuit."

But early morning workouts at the NBA Camp are nothing new to Price, the No. 9-ranked post prospect in the Class of 2011. Back home in Cleveland, Price routinely gets an early start to make himself the best player possible.

"When guys are sleeping I'm in the gym working and getting better," said Price. "I work on my game in the off-season. I'm up at 5 a.m., getting shots up, running laps....So getting up at six here isn't a big deal. I'm used to it."

Though Louisville lost a key 2011 commitment from Michael Chandler, the Cardinals don't have to worry about the status of Price's commitment.

"Louisville has always been committed to me," Price said. "I feel it's a great honor to play there and receive a scholarship there. Coach Pitino is an excellent coach and he's always been my favorite coach. I'm going to stick with my commitment because I don't break promises. It's solid."

Price, who will finish his high school career in Louisville, is working hard to get longtime friend Jakarr Sampson to follow him to UofL. Sampson, one of the top small forward in the nation, tied with Blackshear for the top scoring effort (27 points) in a one game at the NBA Camp.

"Jakarr has been my best friend forever, we grew up with each other," Price said. "He's into Louisville a lot. But his decision is all up to him and if he wants to come there or not. I'm always in his ear about coming here [Louisville] and doing big things."

Price also roomed with Wayne Blackshear, another Louisville commitment, while at camp. Price was highly impressed with Blackshear's play in Charlottesville.

"He does a good job getting to the hoop," Price said. "He's just a great player. His attitude is right on the court. He knows I'm going to be playing with him. He tells me things, I tell him things. And we're good friends."

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