Price headed to Nashville for official visit

Cambridge, Mass. forward <b>Kendric Price</b> is scheduled to make his first official visit Sept. 18 to Vanderbilt. Here's a scouting report and a recruiting update on Price, currently ranked No. 83 on <A HREF=http://scout.theinsiders.com/a.z?s=75&p=9&c=4&yr=2005&pid=88>TheInsiders.com National Top 100</a>.

Cambridge, Mass. forward Kendric Price's first official visit will bring him to Vanderbilt this weekend, as the 6-8-1/2 star from Buckingham, Browne & Nichols begins the process of paring down his list to a single suitor. Price plans to visit Michigan Sept. 25, and a visit to Ohio State remains to be scheduled. Rhode Island, a school Price has visited unofficially, is his other serious interest.

Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings was in Cambridge last week to conduct a home visit (which took place at Price's school). Price also has home visits coming up soon with Michigan and Rhode Island.

"I could not be more excited about the fact that he's got a couple of schools that have very strong academic reputations in addition to the basketball piece," said BB&N coach Lewis Bryant. "We want him to always see himself as a student first and an athlete second. I don't think there will be any risk involved for any of the schools looking at him. He's a true student-athlete."

Of his four finalists, Rhode Island was the first to get serious about Price, almost a year ago. Michigan and Vanderbilt both became interested the following spring, with Ohio State and new coach Thad Matta jumping into the fray the most recently. The prized big man holds offers from all four.

Vanderbilt and Michigan, thought to be Price's top two, were both in Cambridge for in-school visits last week. Michigan's Tommy Amaker also plans to precede Price's visit to Michigan next week with a home visit to Price.

Purdue, which was involved as late as August, has pulled out of the running.

Price solidified his stock this summer with strong performances for the AAU New England Playaz. He first enrolled at Buckingham, Browne & Nichols, a Class C member of the New England Prep School Association, as a sophomore, and last year as a junior he helped lift his team to the school's first above-.500 record in a decade.

"He's played against some pretty tough competition," said Bryant, now in his 22nd year at the school. "Obviously at 13-12 last year we weren't dominating anybody. But he's been tested. In eight or nine of his games last year we were going against teams with players every bit as good as him.

"We play him at the 3 and at the 4 offensively, and between the 3, 4 and the 5 defensively. At the next level he will probably play the 3-- unless he puts on about 50 pounds.

"He's put on some weight since he's been here and gotten stronger, but he certainly does not have the physique to play inside [at the college level] right now, at least not in a physical game. All the college coaches are talking about him as a 3 or a 4. They all think that when-- not if-- he puts on 25 or 30 pounds, he'll be a definite inside-outside threat."

Perhaps Price's most appealing attribute is his ability to shoot from outside with an accuracy unusual for a player his size.

"Rarely do you see a kid that size in high school even get the opportunity to play on the perimeter," Bryant said. "But we've been fortunate to have some players more suited to play on the inside, and that's allowed him to play some inside and some outside. But yeah, he can shoot the 3 pretty well."

Price awed observers at camps this summer with his ability to take the ball to the hole inside as well.

"His first step is lightning-quick, and in the open floor he's very dangerous," said Bryant. "If he puts his mind to it, he can play defense on the perimeter. He's actually a very intelligent inside player. He's able to play against some people that are much stronger and bigger than him physically last year. He knows how to use his height and his length."

BB&N has also challenged Price academically, and with an SAT score of 1120 he has everything in order to attend schools like Vanderbilt and Michigan.

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