Jordan Price commits to Auburn over Georgia Tech and Memphis

Auburn basketball recruit Jordan Price (Photo by Adidas)

Auburn basketball recruit Jordan Price (Photo by Adidas)

Auburn has landed a commitment from one of Georgia’s hottest college basketball prospects.

Jordan Price, a combo guard from Southwest DeKalb High School, committed to Auburn over Georgia Tech, Memphis and Ole Miss, among others. After a torrid start to the summer, Price was being evaluated for scholarship consideration by numerous other schools, including UCLA, Georgetown, Marquette and Arkansas.

The 6-foot-5, 218-pound Price pledged to Auburn after making an unofficial visit to the SEC school on Saturday.

“The Auburn coaches were happy, they weren’t expecting it,” Price told the AJC. “I called 4-5 hours after I left and it caught them by surprise.”

Why Auburn? “I felt like it was the best for me and my family. We feel very comfortable in the decision. My family talked and prayed about it. Auburn was my top choice, and we didn’t want to lead any other schools on.”

Price is Auburn’s second 2012 basketball commitment from Georgia, following in the footsteps of Milton dunk artist Shaquille Johnson. Johnson and Price roomed together at last week’s UA “Best of Best” camp, where Price was named MVP.

“Shaq was recruiting me for Auburn,” Price said. “It is going to be real fun playing with him in that system at Auburn.” Price said he had limited contact with UGA.

What about Georgia Tech? “I liked them a lot, too. It’s a great school. I just felt like Auburn was where I should be at.”

Price played at Columbia High School as a freshman, transferred to Tennessee’s McCallie prep school as a sophomore, and returned to Southwest DeKalb last season. Price averaged 19.1 points and 5.1 rebounds last season. He plays AAU with the Southern Kings.

Here’s an analysis of Price by Courtcred.com’s Kerry Willis:

Price once sat a top of his class during his 8th grade and freshman campaigns only to later fall out of the rankings, but this summer he is back in shape and is one of the top 3 scorers in Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League at 19.9 ppg.  He is stronger than most guards and has no problem finishing through contact.  He uses a nasty right-to-left-crossover dribble to get into the mid range area where he is money when he releases the rock.  Also an excellent student … Price has been having a good summer so far that has put him back on the map on the national level.  He had the most dominating performance on Day 1 of the Best of the Best camp which propelled him to be the camp’s MVP … He started out by knocking down his first three 3-pointers from beyond the arc and, after that, he was cooking.  Off balance shots, showing his explosiveness and his dexterity by converting baskets with his off hand in mid air.  Price is focused and has rededicated himself to staying in shape, a major reason why he is tearing up the competition as of late.

Price’s attributes his rebirth in his basketball play due to getting better shape with strength and conditioning.

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37 comments Add your comment

Auburn DOMINATION

June 12th, 2011
5:04 pm

FIRST! Can you say DOMINATION? Auburn runs this state. Jordan Price and Shaq Johnson in basketball. Holsey, Parks and soon Geno Smith others in football. WDE runs this state!!!!!

War Eagle

June 12th, 2011
5:08 pm

Wlecome to the Plains, JJ. Coach Barbee will raise this program up in the standings starting with solid recruiting. He is an excellent coach and will continue to recruit top players.

Paddy

June 12th, 2011
5:17 pm

AU has not been a factor since Barkley and Porter.

J Price

June 12th, 2011
5:34 pm

Score Check

June 12th, 2011
5:36 pm

Guess what AU will soon have in common with USC and The Ohio State University.

Hewitt Fan

June 12th, 2011
5:40 pm

GT will not land any good players in 2012…THIS IS A FACT

Outside Observer

June 12th, 2011
5:43 pm

Good luck to the young man. If he was looking for a basketball school, he didn’t find it. I don’t know if he will ever get to experience an NCAA tournament. But sometimes it is about what feels right, and Auburn felt right to him. Best of luck in the future.

Hewitt Fan

June 12th, 2011
6:11 pm

@Outside Observer

no..Auburn is a program on the rise and they play in a conference where the players determine the outcome, not the refs!

Auburn needs to slow down!

June 12th, 2011
6:15 pm

@Score Check– You are right on brotha! Something smells on the plains and now it’s crossing over to to the basketball program. Trooper Taylor is as crooked as it gets and it’s only a matter of time until the walls start tumbling down!! War Damn Cheaters Unite for Death Penalty!! It will be worse than Ohio State!!

Score Check

June 12th, 2011
6:24 pm

Hey Hewitt Fan,

The Eagle may be flying high now.

However you need to ask your self WHY did Bobby Lowder resign from the Auburn’s Board of Trustees? Did he resign of his own accord? OR is the BARN distancing themselves from him?

Show me the money! What does the BARN know that hasn’t come out yet? There has been an interesting Federal investigation into Lowder and his banking practices going on for awhile now.

But I’m sure none of this has anything to do with the Barn. Yeah, right!

LOL

Outside Observer

June 12th, 2011
6:25 pm

Hewitt fan, you are as delusional as your namesake. What you say doesn’t make sense. How is a team who has the following records the last few years a team on the rise?08/09: 24-12 09/10:15-17 10/11:11-20. Their record is getting worse every year. Looks to me like the arrow is pointing down. But then again, you think Paul Hewitt is a good coach. Question: how difficult is it to draw up a simple inbound play under a full court press? Paul Hewitt doesn’t know how to do it (even though he runs a full court press) and that cost us a 16 point lead in a matter of minutes against a poor NC State team. Not Duke, or UNC, NC STATE!

You're my boy Blue

June 12th, 2011
6:27 pm

Auburn pulls a shocker and reels in Mark Price’s son… wow things are really going down at Tech.

tiger7_88

June 12th, 2011
7:01 pm

Keep on dreaming, Score Check. Your bitterness and butthurt are music to an Auburn fan’s ears! Kiss the ring, loser!

Oh, and just some advice… a sidewalk fan such as yourself of a university that has non-college graduate DON LEEBERN on its freakin’ BOARD OF REGENTS shouldn’t be talkin’ crap about any other school. I grew up in Columbus where UGa football players would take a bus in for a “summer job” with Leebern and drive home in a nice, shiny new car from Bill Heard Chevrolet and Pontiac. Ya’ll pups living in glass houses should learn that it ain’t too smart to throw stones.

Hewitt Fan

June 12th, 2011
7:08 pm

@Score Check

EVERYBODY cheats..I KNOW for a fact DUKE cheated to get Cory Maggette, and threw out a life changing figure to JOHN WALL…It’s time for the NCAA to go anyway..These kids should be getting paid , they make these university’s millions and expect these young men to sit around and be broke?…A regular student at a University can take money from who ever they want to..But a athlete can’t?…THIS IS ALL ABOUT RACE…The NCAA never mess with student athletes in BASEBALL!…I WONDER WHY?…

Hewitt Fan

June 12th, 2011
7:16 pm

@Outside Observer

if i can recall, GT still won that gsme and that year they started 3 freshman and a soph and went to the ACC championship game, but a course Singiler shot a ACC tounament record for free throws in that game…..GT fan base turned their back on Hewitt, and the whole AAU and high school circuit took notice..I wish coach Gregory luck, but with him not going to be able to recruit in state and with the ACC refs, GT will be looking for a new coach in 3 years…Auburn has a good class coming in 2012, they play in a fair conference and play a exciting style of Basketball, a couple of kids from the great ATLANTA CELTIC program are considering Auburn…And yeah Hewitt did like to press, but had to abandon it due to cheap foul after foul…George Mason hired Hewitt fast and he could have had the St Johns job!

Hewitt Fan claims Paul Hewitt cheated

June 12th, 2011
7:23 pm

Hewitt Fan

June 12th, 2011
7:08 pm
@Score Check

EVERYBODY cheats

Outside Observer

June 12th, 2011
8:14 pm

Hewitt fan, GT did in fact win that game, but at one point they were down two, meaning an 18 point swing in the final four minutes if I remember correctly. The direct results of at least seven turnovers I believe. That is an embarrassment. For the ACC Championship game, Duke made 24 of 28 free throws. Georgia Tech also missed four free throws, but took 12 less shots. Just in case you forgot, Tech lost by four. As far as the fanbase turning their back on him, he lost the fans. Wins were down, grades were down, excitement was down. There was nothing successful about the program… Nothing too exciting has happened for the Auburn program yet. I believe they signed one of those “great Atlanta Celtics” a few years back, a high school teammate of Derrick Favors at SG, who ended up leaving the team. I guess they can only hope the next recruits from the Celtics fit with the team a little better.

Stink Bomber

June 12th, 2011
8:17 pm

WHY WOULD HE WANT TO GO TO G. TEK?

suwaneedawg

June 12th, 2011
8:26 pm

Auburn Domination, put down the crack pipe son! It is Sunday and should be a day of worship for you. not getting high and then making dumba** posts on blogs. And if you are not high and did go to church then you are just another ignorant Auburn fan. Either one is a good explanation for your post.

Hewitt Fan

June 12th, 2011
8:35 pm

@Outside Observer

ok, now we are getting somewhere!…How does a team like Duke, who had no post presence shoot that many free throws?….Thats the problem AAU coaches, high school coaches and others have with the ACC..It never happens in any other conference except the ACC….Just wait, all the top players in GA are going to either to the SEC or the BIG EAST..It is not Coach Gregory’s fault, he has met with several players from the Celtics, and also met many parents, everyone has came away very impressed with the guy, but why go to the ACC and get cheated for 4 years, while the GT fan base will not do anything about it..FSU was cheated against Duke and they went to the ACC and demanded that the refs be fired…GT fans would never do that

Buzz ME

June 12th, 2011
8:56 pm

Ajc keeps censoring my post

Buzz ME

June 12th, 2011
8:56 pm

Ajc keeps censoring my post

Buzz ME

June 12th, 2011
8:57 pm

Compare the two Prices and you will see how dumb your comment is boy blue!

Boo Ratley

June 12th, 2011
11:07 pm

Great pick up War Cheaters! NO ONE wants to go to Nerd U and play anything. Maybe he can help plant some trees & play ball.

Jack

June 12th, 2011
11:15 pm

Lol Hewitt fan. GT offered him a scholarship like 2 days ago. GT will land a better class than UGA that’s for sure.

Funny Guy

June 12th, 2011
11:25 pm

You want to hear a joke? Georgia Tech sports! Haha. The football team is 1-9 in the last 10 years in football against Georgia. The basketball team is a mess. The baseball team can not win a regional when they are the host. What a bunch of nerds! Just accept it & go to class!

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June 13th, 2011
7:45 am

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gt4ever

June 13th, 2011
8:13 am

Hewitt Fan,

Just Shut up, everytime you open your mouth your IQ goes down….. MORON!

gt4ever

June 13th, 2011
8:16 am

Does Auburn have a basketball team??

mom

June 13th, 2011
8:23 am

Congrats Jordon

Resources

June 13th, 2011
9:56 am

Can you tell me which schools made it last year to the final games VCU, Butler, UConn and I think Kentucy in the NCAA final games

Always a Jacket

June 13th, 2011
10:08 am

Auburn has a fantastic new arena. Very impressive to recruits. The program has only one direction it can go since it is at bottom. Not surprising they get some good recruits, but it will never be a basketball school. Auburn is one of the best academic SEC schools and a very nice campus. Sounds like the kid liked the school, good for him and good luck to him.

GT fans need to be patient. After Hewett killed the program, it will take a few years to get things back on track. It will take Coach Gregory a year of two to get the recruiting going strong in Atlanta and the completion of the new AMC. In a few years, GT will be back in the top 5 in the ACC.

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Ernest

June 13th, 2011
12:26 pm

Congratulations to a fine young man. I would have preferred to see him stay and go to GT but ultimately I want what he believes is in his best interest.

It is regretful he did not come to SWD his 9th grade year (some say it was the coach at the time who has since been relieved of his duties). I think if he had been at SWD for all 4 years, he would be a higher ranked prospect.

Outside Observer

June 13th, 2011
8:42 pm

Hewitt fan, the refs are not trying to make sure Duke wins every game (Tech shot twice as many free throws in their win earlier that season). Duke shoots free throws because they play smart basketball, unlike a certain team under the coaching skills of a former head coach. I have a question for you, how does a team with two NBA draft picks at PF and C not dominate the interior all season? Note, Iman Shumpert mentioned he never got a chance to play with a dominating post player (Hmmm???). Blaming the refs is a coward’s way of saying you didn’t play well enough to win the game on your own. Duke players are rarely the best athletes, but they are skilled, disciplined, and understand the game of basketball. It’s why guys like Carlos Boozer are successful in the NBA and more talented players like Javaris Crittendon struggle to stay on NBA rosters.

Dekalb (title town) county!

July 16th, 2011
1:03 pm

Congrats jordon!@ernest if the atl céltics hadn’t got involve jordon would be going for a 3peat!Dr. Phil would have never let that kid fall so far down.jordon great job in putting in hard work to get yourself back to where you belong.