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Purdue Men's Basketball Recruiting

Xavier Price

[Xavier Price]
 CLASS OF: 2004
 SCHOOL: Belleville West HS, IL
 HEIGHT AND WEIGHT: 6'4 200lbs
 POSITION: Combo Guard
 03-04 RATINGS: #56 (PS), #67 (HS), #78 (BP)
 02-03 RATINGS: #30 (PP), #45 (PS), 17th best guard (BO)
 ACADEMICS: Good
 STATUS: Verbal to Purdue 5/21/03
 AAU TEAM: St. Louis Eagles


BIO | PHOTOS | SCOUTING REPORTS | LINKS | SEASON STATS | HONORS | SCHEDULE

PLAYER BIO

Xavier Price, a 6'4 200-pound combo guard built in the mould of current Boiler guard Kenneth Lowe, brings skills for both backcourt positions, tough defense and athleticism to the Boilermakers in the class of 2004. Possessing extremely large hands able to cup the basketball "like a softball" according to his AAU coach, he is a skilled passer and ballhandler. He also excels in rebounding from the guard position, and projects to start out at the shooting guard position, possibly playing some point if his development at that position continues on a good pace.

The Price family had built a longstanding relationship with the Purdue coaches, and especially assistant Cuonzo Martin. With the academic status of the already verballed Robert Vaden in question, Zo continued to keep in constant contact with Price. The staff travelled to the KMOX Shootout last December to make their presence known, and continued contact with the coaches. Price was looking for a school close enough where his father could see him, plus was not interested in redshirting his freshman year. Playing time in his first year was important. Enter Purdue early with a great staff and program, but with this all-american shooting guard verballed since 2001. Playing time at Purdue was an issue. Price did not lack interest from other programs with Oklahoma, Michigan State, Kansas State, Boston College, Connecticut, Syracuse, Cincinnati and UNLV along with others keeping tabs on him. UNLV would offer. Kansas State would offer. Then in April, Cincinnati offered a scholarship and playing time. But however likeable Purdue might have been, they couldn't offer playing time with Vaden in the fold. Then things changed. Vaden decommitted the first week of May and Purdue came with a scholarship offer. On the 21st, Price verballed to Purdue. Price's family also changed school districts, moving from O'Fallon and plugging him into the Belleville West program with everyone back from a trip to the IHSA Elite Eight. His father Demetrius made it no secret the move was so that Xavier could "have fun" his last year in high school.

As a junior, Price averaged 18.9 points, shooting 52-percent from the field. He also added 5.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists for 15-14 O'Fallon.

As a freshman, Price won the IHSA Slam Dunk King of the Hill title held during the Class AA state finals. At 6'3, he beat out 60 other Illinois players, most being older and much taller. The group included future Division I players such as Illinois freshman Brian Randle and Arkansas sophomore showman Andre Igoudala.

Price verballed to Purdue on May 21, 2003 over offers from Cincinnati, Kansas State and UNLV, and interest from Oklahoma, Michigan State, Boston College, Connecticut and Syracuse.


PLAYER PHOTOS

  • The X Factor [High School Elite]
  • No. 30: KMOX Shootout photo 1 [St Louis Post Dispatch]
  • No. 30: KMOX Shootout photo 2 [St Louis Post Dispatch]
  • No. 30: KMOX Shootout photo 3 [St Louis Post Dispatch]
  • No. 30: KMOX Shootout photo 4 [St Louis Post Dispatch]
  • No. 30: KMOX Shootout photo 5 [St Louis Post Dispatch]
  • No. 30: KMOX Shootout photo 6 [St Louis Post Dispatch]
  • No. 30: KMOX Shootout photo 7 [St Louis Post Dispatch]


    SCOUTING REPORTS

    AAU coach Erwin Claggett..."He's a team guy. He's capable of going out and scoring 20 or 30 points every night, but he wants to win. That's not usually what you see in AAU basketball. Xavier doesn't care if he gets two points and we win. He's going to dive on the floor, he's going to guard people, he's going to rebound. You can't find a player like that on his level." (June 9, 2003, Indianapolis Star)

    Scouting report at the Howard Pulley Tournament..."In the limited viewing I had of Price, he showed himself to be a very well built young wing with very good leaping ability. His strength right now is his ability to make strong drives to the basket, but he also showed the ability to hit the spot up three pointer. The form on his outside shot looks pretty good, although a tad on the slow side. One thing that really impressed me about Price was his ability to rebound from the guard position--which was all the more impressive given the size of the Riverside front line." (June 5, 2002, Gator Hoops)

    O'Fallon head coach Kevin Kellerman..."Xavier has exceptional skills and great instincts, things you can't teach. A lot of freshmen will draw back into their shell, but he is not afraid of performing. He is already being compared to a lot of people, and he may grow to be 6-4 or 6-5. This kid has a lot of raw potential and natural talent. Xavier definitely has the tools to be an impact player as a freshman." (July 20, 2000)


    LINKS
  • Price commits and transfers [High School Elite]


    SEASON TO DATE STATISTICS

    SEASON MIN PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG APG BPG SPG RECORD
    2002→2003   18.9 .518     5.5 2.7     15-14



    AWARDS AND HONORS

    02-03 season
  • All-State fourth team (IBCA)
  • Southwest Conference scoring champ (SWAC)
    01-02 season

  • 00-01 season
  • IHSA Slam Dunk champ
  • St. Louis area Freshman of the Year



    2003-04 SEASON SCHEDULE
    Date Day Time Opponent ---- --- ---- --------------------

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