The Price is Right

With three open scholarship for Wisconsin's 2011 basketball recruiting class, head coach Bo Ryan and his coaching staff have eyed some of the top targets in the Midwest. Off all the talented players, it doesn't get much bigger (or taller) than Ohio center Zach Price.

MADISON - Zach Price, a 6-foot-10 big man from St. Edward High School (Lakewood, OH) has used his defensive prowess and improving offensive game to garner the attention of big time programs from around the country.

The Badgers are included in the list of potential suitors for Price, who holds scholarship offers from Akron, Louisville, Michigan State, Ohio State, Wake Forest and Wisconsin and has been generating strong interest from Florida, Miami (Fl) and Xavier, amongst others.

The Badgers have been sending Price letters expressing their interest since August of last year, making Price enthusiastic about UW and the coaching staff.

"They have been telling me how excited they are about me, how they like that I am an up and coming player, positive things related to my game and how they would be excited to have me come to their program," Price told Badger Nation. "I like the coaching staff and I haven't been on campus yet, but I saw them make a nice run in the tourney.

"I wouldn't have any problems making an (official) visit but (the Badgers) just have to contact me."

As a player, Price (ranked the third-best center and the 38th-best prospect in the 2011 class by is a monster on the defensive end, averaging nine blocks per game to go along with 13 points and eight rebounds during his sophomore season.

Price echoed this when asked to describe what he brings to a potential college program, saying, "I would bring a lot of things, a defensive presence, definitely a good defensive presence, I also would be an intimidator in the paint and have a good offensive game as well".

In conjunction, Price is looking for a well rounded program when he decides where he will bring his talents over the next two years.

"I am looking for a program that revolves around the big man," Price said. "Actually, it doesn't have to completely revolve around the big man, but a team where the big man plays an important role, where I can come in as a big man and be an asset to that team. Also, definitely a coach that will help me succeed in the future and a good academic school, one that will give me a good background to help me out if basketball doesn't work out in the long run. That's one of the reasons I like Wisconsin."

In the meantime, Price is keeping busy with AAU tournaments throughout the summer with his team, the King James Shooting Stars, and is open to taking official visits as well as attending camps in the near future.

"I want to visit as many schools as I possibly can," Price said. "People think that I am a solid Ohio State guy, but I want to look at all the different options out there for me. It's still early and I am looking for the school that fits me. I don't have a favorites and am open to everybody."

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