Last season the high school season was dominated by big men in the state of Georgia. With Dwight Howard and Randolph Morris now in the next stage of their hoops careers, people in Peach State are looking for the next great big man. Jeremy Price, a 6-foot-9, 260-pound center from Columbia High School in Decatur, Ga., could be one of the top candidates.
Rivals.com had a chance to see the class of 2007 prospect up close and personal last weekend and came away impressed with the young big man. He scored 23 points and secured 12 rebounds. Price is one of the few young players around the knows how big he is and what kind of damage he can do inside the paint.
Price gets very big when he gets on the blocks with his huge wingspan and giant hands. He has good feet, soft hands and uses both left and right hand well from 10 feet and in.
“I just try to play hard and hustle all of the time,” Price said. “That’s basically it. Everything I do comes off of hard work and I try to play like that no matter who we play.
“I want to work on my drop step because I feel like that could be my most effective move because there aren’t a lot of guys my size,” Price said.
Price, who maintains a 2.7 grade point average, should have a breakout season. As a true freshman, he averaged six points and six rebounds in sparse minutes for a team that went to the Elite Eight.
To date, Price has interest from Alabama, Georgia (who, according to his AAU coach Harold Thompson, recently offered a scholarship after watching him play last week), Furman and Virginia Tech. Come January, his list should be bigger and deeper.