Price Gearing Up For College; Shepherd Adds Honor

Last week we spoke with the coach of class of 05 signee <strong>Kendric Price</strong> about the improvements the 6-9 forward made over the course of last season. In this piece we get word from the young man himself on how he feels he did last year, what he'll be doing to prepare for the start of his college career, and much more. Plus, classmate <strong>Jevohn Shepherd</strong> adds another honor.

Buckingham Browne & Nichols Coach Lewis Bryant told GoBlueWolverine in an interview last week that his star pupil, Kendric Price, had answered the call to step up his game. A preseason challenge to play stronger and be a leader was met with the sort of fervor that the veteran coach was looking for. Price's efforts fueled improvements in every statistical category. Even with praise coming down from his coach and a number of others regarding his play, Price wasn't quite as satisfied with his performance. "Everyone tells me that I had a great year, but I still think I could have done better," he said. I definitely improved and had a better year defensively than last year, but I feel like I could have done more."

Much of Price's disappointment likely stems from the early end to his senior season. A 17-11 record (10-5 in the league) wasn't enough to get into the playoffs. Now that his high school career is over, he is channeling his energy toward preparing for college. As was the case with his basketball season, the Michigan Wolverines didn't experience the success that they would have liked. Despite that though, Price has not had any regrets about his choice. "I'm still happy with my decision," he said. "I talked to Courtney a few times during the season and he remains positive. I do too. I'm going to work on all aspects of my game so I'll be ready. I can't go wrong if I try to address everything. I'm still looking forward to coming in and contributing. "

Where those contributions will come still isn't certain. At 6-9 and 200-lbs., Price has the length to play inside, but the body and perimeter skills to play on the wing. "They're saying 3/4," Price said regarding the position(s) he might play. "I don't know which one is going to be my primary position yet. They tell me I can play multiple spots.. I really don't care what position I play. I just want to be on the floor."

How much time the Massachusetts native actually sees (and where) will likely be determined by the weight and strength gains that he makes in the coming months. Price made progress toward that end last season, but still sees the need for more. "Last year (during his junior season), I was like 180-something," Price said regarding his playing weight. "I want to put on some weight, but it's hard for me to do it. I'm going to work hard on it though."

Price plans to make his way to Ann Arbor in July.

Shepherd adds another honor

GoBlueWolverine learned last week that class of 2005 signee Jevohn Shepherd had been selected for the 8th Annual Nike Hoop Summit, which will be held April 9 at the FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee. Shepherd, who was named Canadian player of the year earlier this month, will be part of the World Select team (which also features Duke signees Eric Boateng and Martynas Pocius). The all-star event pits the top 19-and under players from around the world against to top preps from the United States. GoBlueWolverine will have word on his performance in the days following the game.

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