At this weekend’s football game versus Iowa, both spectators in the crowd and people on the sidelines couldn’t help but notice a very tall young man beaming from ear to ear while marveling at the Big House festivities. That young man was none other that 6-9, 190-lb SF/PF Kendric Price. The glow from his visit to Ann Arbor had hardly worn off when gave GBW a call yesterday to talk about how things went. (For those that missed the report, click here). Because of that, it came as no surprise when he phoned again today to inform us that moments earlier he had pledged to become a Wolverine. “I had a meeting with my mom and my coach and came to the decision,” a happy Price said. “I just felt really really comfortable there. I always wanted to be at a big school. Plus it has a large alumni base and there is a lot of Michigan pride there.”
Kendric wasn’t the only one happy with his choice. Apparently his mom was extremely pleased with the decision also. “She loved it,” Price said of his mother’s feelings about his decision. “She liked the coaching staff…just everything about it. But it basically came down to my own decision. She has been really cool about the whole thing.”
Price’s recruitment really heated up in the past few months. After having a list of suitors that at one time included the likes Syracuse, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Boston College, and Ohio State…only Vanderbilt and Michigan were left standing when the dust settled a few weeks ago. In the end one of those staffs was jubilant, and the other was not. Still, Coach Stallings and crew handled the disappointment in a very classy manner. “Coach Amaker was pretty excited to hear the news,” Price said. “When I called the Vanderbilt Coach to let him know my choice, he was really very cool about the whole thing.”
Amadou Ba, Kendric Price, Courtney Sims, and Uche Echefu
Kendric is a very unique player because at almost 6-9, he has a deadly jumpshot that makes him a tough match-up for other post players. He’ll eventually be an outstanding high post threat in Michigan’s offense since opponents will have to respect his ability to knock down shots outside of 15-feet. Kendric indicated that Coach Amaker will be looking to take advantage of his versatility. “He said I’d be able to play some big guard,” Price said. “There are plans to play in the post as well.”
Looking down the line, Price’s biggest adjustment to the college game will be physically. He is going to have to put on some weight to become the player many envision him being. That will likely be something he focuses on leading up to the start of his collegiate career. By the time he reaches year two at Michigan, he will be a different player altogether.
In the meantime, Price has some celebrating to do now that he has his decision out of the way. There is one more call he has to make before he does that though. He plans to ring the line of a good friend and future teammate. “Courtney (Sims) called me but I haven’t talked him yet,” Price said. “We’ll be talking very soon though.”
GBW will have much more from Price in the coming days and months on GoBlueWolverine.com and in the basketball preview issue of GoBlueWolverine the Magazine.
With Price in the fold, the focus shifts to Uche Echefu. Sources indicate that he is definitely still a Wolverine target and GBW will be looking to get more info on how his weekend visit to Ann Arbor went.