Aug. 8, 2012
By: Evan Roberts, Auburn Media Relations
Family has always been an important part of incoming Auburn freshman Jordan Price's life. Growing up watching his two older brothers and father play basketball inspired Jordan to begin playing at a young age.
"I started playing when I was about 3 or 4 years old in a church league that my dad and I attended," Price said. "I started playing when I saw my brothers and my dad playing, and I that's how I fell in love with basketball at a young age. I have always looked up to my dad and brothers. I have always tried to do everything they did."
As Price got older, he never stopped learning from his father and brothers. During his senior season at Southwest DeKalb High School, the Decatur, Ga., native worked out every morning with them, trying to improve his game.
"I would wake up at four in the morning and go work out with my dad and brother at the gym down the street," Price said. "They would open it up for me, so I could get in there and shoot, before I went to school. Then, I would come back after school and do the same thing."
That mentality made Price a highly touted recruit as he was the No. 61 recruit in the nation according to ESPN.com after averaging 19.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. Price also led Southwest DeKalb to the Georgia High School Association AAAA State Championship game last season. Although his team lost the game 63-57, Price knows he will be able to bring that winning mentality to Auburn.
"I will bring a winning attitude," Price said. "I will try to do whatever I can to make sure that my team wins. I definitely don't like to lose. I can shoot and pass, and to succeed in Coach (Tony) Barbee's offense, you have to dribble and pass. I can rebound as well, because I am a big guard."
While being close to his family was a major influence in his decision to come to Auburn, Price also wanted to help the Auburn program succeed with fellow freshman Shaq Johnson. "I feel like they had a great season last year," Price said.
"I love the coaching staff, and I had a great experience on my visit. I feel like I can help the team, and Shaq Johnson came from Georgia, too. Shaq and I have played together at AAU camps, but we have never played on the same team."
Since arriving on campus for summer workouts, Price has already began to learn from returning veteran guards Josh Wallace, Frankie Sullivan and Chris Denson.
"They have taught me how physical the game is and how different it is from high school. They have just been trying to get me ready. I just have to work hard every play. They don't take any plays off. Everyone here has been really easy to get along with on and off the court."
As the highest rated recruit in the Barbee era, Price has exceeded expectations with his hard work this summer. It has not only been noticed by his teammates, but also by head coach Tony Barbee.
"We have been pleasantly surprised with some guys," Barbee said. "Jordan Price has come in and established himself early on in what we can all expect from him."