Price visits Purdue

Boiler Sports Report Publisher
Posted Jun 22, 2013

Louisville transfer Zach Price visited Purdue on Friday, and the Boilermakers are now a major option in his move. The 6-foot-10 center discusses his transfer, options, timetable and Purdue visit in this Boiler Sports Report feature.

As a Louisville Cardinal, center Zach Price had everything he wanted except for the minutes. The diminished playing time is what led the sophomore to transfer after a championship season.

On Friday, Price, a 6-foot-10 center, visited a Purdue program looking to add depth in its frontcourt.

“Everything went great,” Price said of his time at Purdue. “I really enjoyed the school and the visit in general. I met the players, coaches, and enjoyed my visit.”

Price is considering Purdue plus Butler, Dayton, Minnesota and Missouri. He visited Dayton last week, will tour Butler on Sunday, then Missouri this next week. A decision will come before his July 6th deadline.

After visiting Purdue’s campus and meeting with the team, Price sees the Boilermakers as an option for his future.

“They’re up there pretty high,” Price said. “I’ve always wanted to play for a Big Ten school. [Out of high school], it was either Big Ten or Big East. “I’m definitely interested in their program.”

While in West Lafayette, Price spent time around the Purdue players and coaching staff and began to build relationships. He got a glimpse at what the program is like.

“The campus has a Big Ten feel,” said Price. “Their coaching staff is very personable. It feels like a great situation for me, but I still have to look at other schools as well and keep my options open.”

Price first decided in early June that he would leave Louisville. One of his first phone calls he received came from Purdue head coach Matt Painter.

“I’m starting to get to know him more,” Price said of Painter. “Over these next few weeks, I hope to develop an even stronger relationship with him. From our introduction to now, we’ve come to know each other a little bit.”

For Price, the most important thing to find in his next school is the perfect fit. At Louisville, the only thing he was missing was that playing time. Last season, he played in just 16 games, averaging 7.7 minutes and 1.3 points per game.

“I want a school that needs me the most; not necessarily [the school that] wants me,” he said. “Someone that needs me to step in and can give the minutes that I want.”

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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