September 27, 2011

Price Commitment Addresses Shooting Need

The deadly perimeter shooter that DePaul Blue Demons fans have been clamoring for since the days of Drake Diener has arrived. His name is Jodan Price.

The 6-foot-6 class of 2012 wing officially gave his verbal commitment to head coach Oliver Purnell and DePaul this morning. Price's decision comes on the heels of his official visit to the DePaul campus this past weekend. The 133rd rated prospect fielded several offers, but ultimately chose DePaul over Lamar.

Price became the second 2012 recruit to commit DePaul in the past month. Rising forward DeJuan Marrero of Bowman Academy (Ind.) gave his pledge to DePaul Aug. 30.

The Detroit Country Day High School (Mich.) star was offered by Purnell in the middle of July after a strong showing on the AAU circuit with "The Family." DePaul continued to recruit Price hard after the offer, with assistant coach Brian Ellerbe serving as a lead recruiter in the process.

Back in July when Blue Demon Bulletin got a chance to speak with Price shortly after he received the offer from DePaul, Price gave this assessment of what type of player he is:

"I'm a big time shooter and scorer who can score in bunches. I bring energy to the floor and always play hard."

Price's shooting ability is the one aspect of his game that is continuously brought up whenever his name surfaces. He has the type of deep range on his shot that forces defenses to never leave him alone on the perimeter.

While some shooters can struggle while making the transition from high school to college because of bigger and more athletic defenders, Price may not. He features a quick release and the size to negate other team's using bigger defenders on him.

As Price progresses at DePaul, Purnell may try to use him in a way similar to how he used Terrence Oglesby at Clemson. Purnell was not afraid to run several plays to get Oglesby open looks from three-point range, giving the offense more space on the floor to operate. Oglesby attempted 448 three-point shots and connected on 39.5 percent of them in his two seasons, and was a significant contributor in Clemson's 2008 and 2009 NCAA tournament appearances.

Before Price puts on a DePaul uniform for the 2012-2013 season, though, he can use his senior season to add strength to his 175-pound frame, and diversify his game. Price can be looked at as a bit of a one-dimensional player right now. He acknowledged in our conversation in July that his "strength to the basket" is an area that needs improving.

Price will have ample opportunity to add to his offensive repertoire as the go-to player for Detroit Country Day. Price was a complimentary player to Ohio State commit Amir Williams last season, averaging 8.6 points (36.5 percent from three) and 3.2 rebounds per game. Price will be counted on for a bigger role on both sides of the floor and in the leadership category.

Scholarship Update and Size Question

Price's commitment leaves DePaul with zero remaining scholarships for the 2012 class and one for the 2013 class. While the Price commitment did address one area of concern, it did not help the need for size.

DePaul will have Donnavan Kirk and Derrell Robertson Jr. as center options next season, but neither has proven to be a consistent force in college basketball yet. Scholarships could always free up and DePaul could add the size they need for the 2012-2013 season, but if they do not, either Kirk or Robertson Jr. will have to develop quickly to provide DePaul with a dependable big man in the middle.

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