Detroit's Price commits to DePaul

September, 27, 2011
9/27/11
4:04
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Detroit Country Day senior guard Jodan Price committed to DePaul on Tuesday.

Price, a 6-7, 170-pound shooting guard, chose the Blue Demons over Lamar, Minnesota and Northwestern.

"I feel like I can make an impact when I come there," Price said. "They don't really have a shooter. I think can step up and play a lot of minutes as a freshman and make an impact in the Big East."

Price's shooting ability could allow him to be an immediate contributor for the Blue Demons. He showcased his long-range shot at this summer's EYBL third session in California and the Peach Jam while playing with The Family.

Price had 32 points and nine 3-pointers in a win over Team Final at the EYBL. He averaged nearly 20 points a game at the Peach Jam.

"There aren't many shooters with his range and size," ESPN senior recruiting analyst Dave Telep said. "Price needs a weight program, but his skill as a shooter is undeniable."

Price has always been an above-average shooter, but he especially worked on it this summer.

"This year it kind of stepped up a lot more," said Price, who runs his own website jodanprice.com. "I was working on it with my AAU coach. He was telling me to shoot it. I was like, ‘All right.' I just kept knocking them down. I feel like I'm always in range out there. I don't even look where I'm at."

Price will join former Detroit Country Day player Donnavan Kirk on the Blue Demons. Kirk was Price's host during his visit to DePaul.

Detroit Country Day coach Kurt Keener thought his players found DePaul to be a good fit because of their similar playing styles.

"I think our style where it's an up-tempo style, we like to press and try to turn teams over and turn defense into offense, running the floor," Keener said. "It's the pace of the game. He felt comfortable with that and felt that is what DePaul is trying to do now.

"I'm very happy for him. He's found a good fit. I think DePaul is on its way out of the cellar of the Big East."

Price is working on adding weight to his slender frame. Keener thought he could be an interchangeable shooting guard and small forward with more muscle.

DePaul now has two Class of 2012 commitments. Senior forward DeJuan Marrero is also committed to the Blue Demons.
Scott Powers is a general reporter for ESPNChicago.com. He is an award-winning journalist and has been reporting on preps, colleges and pros for publications throughout the Midwest since 1997.

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