BY AARON BRENNER | email@example.com
An Auburn spokesperson confirmed the initial report Friday night by AuburnSports.com, which quoted Price’s father, Reaman.
Price was one of the two prizes of head coach Tony Barbee’s 2012 recruiting class, joining swingman Shaq Johnson with a four-star rating out of Decatur, Ga.
Price tied an SEC record by making 11 consecutive 3-pointers against lesser non-conference competition, but the potential for a breakout rookie year was stunted by a stress fracture in his foot suffered Christmas week.
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound shooter averaged 5.4 points in 27 games, ranking fifth on the Tigers, and shot 39 percent from 3-point range. His 30 triples trailed only Frankie Sullivan and Noel Johnson, both outgoing seniors.
In the locker room following Auburn’s SEC tournament loss ending the season at 9-23, Price was less committal about returning than fellow freshmen Shaq Johnson and Brian Greene Jr. But he did say, “I feel pretty good about the future. A lot of the season was lessons for the future, so we know what not to do. We’re going to get back in the gym and get ready for next year.”
Auburn has seven scholarship players returning from last year’s roster, including slashing guard Chris Denson, shooting guard KT Harrell and combo guard Brian Greene Jr.
Three incoming recruits signed their letters of intent in November (PG Tajh Shamsid-Deen, C Benas Griciunas and C Ronald Delph), and Auburn unveiled the bios Friday for its latest signees this week. Two of them represented another country’s junior national team: center Matthew Atewe (Canada) and guard Dion Wade (Belgium), accompanied by forward Chris Griffin, who played at Murray State in 2011-12.