NBA Comparison: Jamaal Tinsley
Strengths: Has developed into an excellent long-range shooter … Price was just a 27 percent 3-point shooter in his first season at UConn (as a sophomore), but has since increased that number to 41 percent … Is equally adept at catching-and-shooting and creating his own shot off the dribble … Can knock down some very difficult jumpshots with taller, more athletic defenders in his face … Gets tremendous lift on his jumpshot, which helps compensate for his less-than-stellar athleticism … Has a good, solid build for an NBA point guard at 6-foot-2, 190-pounds … Uses his body well to get into the lane and has improved considerably at knocking down floaters and short pull-up jumpshots … Possesses above-average quickness on both ends … Has quick hands and is very alert defensively … Price has matured into a vocal leader for UConn … Even when he plays off-the-ball (when freshman Kemba Walker mans the point guard position), Price shouts out the play call and makes sure that everyone is in the proper place … Is a real winner and a true warrior on the court.
Weaknesses: Is not a high level NBA athlete … While his quickness is fine, Price doesn’t jump particularly well, which hinders his ability to finish at the rim … He gets good elevation on his jumpshot, but will have a much tougher time shooting over the elite athletes who play in the NBA … Is more of a scoring point guard … Has decent court vision, but nothing spectacular … Recovered well from a torn ACL suffered last March, but he’s had a history of injuries throughout his collegiate career, making him somewhat “injury prone.” … Not particularly quick off the dribble. His lack of an explosive first step limits his effectiveness getting past opponents and into the paint … Quicker point guards have no trouble containing him … He’s fast but needs a head of steam … Off court issues are still in back of people’s minds. Despite the fact that he’s matured, a team debating between him and another player may be inclined to pass on him due to his past indiscretions … Latral quickness is sub-par …
Notes: Has been through a lot in his college career. Price missed his entire freshman season because of a brain hemmorhage (which was nearly fatal) and then was suspended for his redshirt freshman season for stealing laptops on-campus (along with Marcus Williams) … He struggled mightily in his sophomore year and UConn finished with a 17-14 record, the worst in Jim Calhoun’s tenure … Price rebounded considerably as a junior and was a First Team All-Big East selection, but he suffered a torn ACL in UConn’s NCAA tournament opening round loss to thirteenth-seeded San Diego … Price recovered very quickly and made it back on the court for the beginning of his senior season … His numbers dipped a bit from last year (partly due to the addition of Kemba Walker and offensive emergence of Hasheem Thabeet), but don’t be fooled—he was the heart and soul of the top-ranked Huskies.
Kevin Duffy – 5/13/2009