With Jevohn Shepherd and Jerret Smith now in the fold for the 2005 class, focus shifts to the post. Recently it seemed that the two most viable candidates for one or both of the remaining scholarships were Ryan Wright and Kendric Price. As a matter of fact, it was thought by many that the Wolverines led for both. However, sources informed GBW yesterday that Wright, who visited Michigan in early June, decided to drop the Maize and Blue from contention. Just days ago TheInsidersHoops.com's Dave Telep reported that the athletic forward would trim his list down to four sometime this week. At that time Wright named the UCLA Bruins and Michigan State Spartans as finalists. Michigan seemed like a shoe in to make the cut, but that looks now not to be the case. GBW will stay on this and try to get word from Ryan on why the Wolverines ‘went south' in his recruitment as soon as he's available.
So, the focus now shifts in a huge way to Kendric Price (6-8, 190 lbs., from Cambridge, Mass. ... click HERE for GBW's Hoops Primer to see all GBW articles on him). GBW spoke to Price recently, and he said fellow Massachusetts native Courtney Sims is really putting in a good word for his team. "Courtney is one of the main reasons I'm considering Michigan," Price said. "He's trying to get me to come over there." He's not the only one. It appears that the Michigan staff has been working hard to show the skilled forward that he is one of the top targets on their board. "That is the impression that I get," Wright said referring to whether he believes he's a priority for Michigan. "I speak to Coach Ramsey a great deal and he's a really good guy."
While it is true the Michigan is strong in Price's recruitment, they slightly trail another school for his services right now. Recently the Vanderbilt Commodores extended an offer to Price and they moved to the top of his list. "It's fair to say Vanderbilt leads," Price said. "I saw them at all my games. Michigan was probably at all of my games too, but Vanderbilt was talking to me more consistently. They have a music school on campus and they told me that they want me to come in and play right away."
An offer from Michigan could swing the pendulum right back in their direction. Price indicated that he is scheduled for an official visit to A2 on September 25th. He'll be accompanied by his mom and another family member and they'll get the opportunity to meet a number of former Michigan basketball greats that will be back in town that weekend for the alumni day. It would come as no surprise to see an offer extended at that time if not sooner. The picture should become much clearer after his trip to Ann Arbor since he will then be able to compare and contrast the Commodores and the Wolverines after visiting each place the two previous weekends (he's scheduled to visit Vandy on September 18th).
Price mentioned that while there are a number of things that he'll be looking for on his visit to Michigan, there is one that really stands out. "Once I get there I want to see where I fit in where I can play," Price said. "I want to get a feel for what my minutes would be like." GBW will keep tabs on Kendric over the next few months.
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