September 27, 2011

The Plan is Set for Price at DePaul

The latest member to the DePaul class of 2012, wing Jodan Price, made a decision today he hopes will improve him on and off the floor.

When Price spoke to Blue Demon Bulletin this afternoon, he did not hesitate in his praise of the DePaul coaching staff and the school overall.

Head coach Oliver Purnell offered Price back in July. Purnell remained active in the recruitment of Price, and assistant coach Brian Ellerbe was a main contact person as well.

"[I am] real comfortable with the coaches," Price said. "[They are] well-organized and have a plan for me."

That plan likely involves helping Price develop into the type of dynamic scorer he has shown flashes of in the past summer and high school season. The ability to adapt to being that type of college player in DePaul's system is aided by Price playing in a similar up-tempo system at Detroit Country Day (Mich.).

"They (DePaul coaches) really like to push the ball, just like at Country Day."

On his official visit to DePaul this past weekend, Price had the chance to see the players practice and watch game film. The DePaul coaches showed Price how he would fit in to their system. The need for a knock-down outside shooter was something Price saw DePaul was missing, and he is looking forward to being that player once he gets here.

"I felt I could make an impact right when I [arrived]."

A big part of the plan the DePaul coaches laid out for Price was the chance for academic success and future opportunities off the basketball floor. Price particularly liked the internship programs he could enroll in during his time at DePaul.

Playing in arguably the best basketball conference in Division I college basketball also was a factor in Price's decision.

"I want to play at the highest level. [I] love playing against good competition every night."

Facing that top-level competition forces recruits to become the best players they can be even before getting to college. Price looks at his senior season as an opportunity to do just that, and improve in areas he needs work in.

"[Areas to improve are] my defense, getting stronger, my all-around game and my post-up game."

Price is accustomed to playing off the ball, but aims to be a stronger ball-handler this season. He even wants to play a little point to lead his team.

In addition to his individual goals, Price is making sure to set a team goal for the upcoming season.

"This season, definitely [will try] to win the state championship."

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