April 17, 2013
TCU'S FALL EARLY SIGNING CLASS
FORT WORTH - The TCU men's basketball program opened the spring signing period strong Wednesday by inking prep prospect Hudson Price to a National Letter of Intent. Price became the fourth member of the Class of 2013 scheduled to enroll at TCU this fall.
A three-star recruit according to Rivals.com, Price played the last two years for The First Academy in Orlando, Fla. The 6-6, 200-pound guard prospect recently concluded his senior season averaging team highs of 18.7 points and 7.8 rebounds per game while helping lead the Royals to a Florida district 3A-5 championship. He ranked second on the squad in assists (2.3 apg) and steals (1.6 spg) while shooting 54.7 percent from the field, 45.2 percent from 3-point range and 77.1 percent at the foul line.
Price and his family moved to Orlando from Atlanta, Ga., prior to his junior year in 2011-12. His first season with the Royals saw him contribute heavily for a senior-laden squad that went 27-5 and won its district championship. A standout in the classroom at First Academy, he is a member of the National Honor Society.
"Hudson is a perfect fit for our program, and he is a nice complement to the other players who have signed on to join our team for next season," head coach Trent Johnson said. "He's a highly skilled, versatile player with good size and strength. He has the ability to shoot from outside or attack the rim. One of his best attributes is that he's a student of the game with high basketball intelligence."
Price hails from a basketball family. His father, Mark Price, played 12 seasons in the NBA for the Cleveland Cavaliers (1986-95), Washington Bullets (1995-96), Golden State Warriors (1996-96) and Orlando Magic (1997-98) and was a four-time NBA All-Star with the Cavs. One of the top shooters in NBA history, he still owns the league's all-time career record for free-throw shooting percentage (90.4 percent) and is the Cavs' franchise leader for career assists (4,206).
"You can tell that Hudson has learned a lot about the game of basketball from his father," Johnson said. "Mark was a terrific player who always played the game the right way. He was one of the best overall shooters in the history of the game and was always well-respected both in the locker room and the community."
Hudson Price becomes the first non-Texas native to sign with TCU during second-year head coach Trent Johnson's tenure. He also received interest from St. Louis, Virginia and Air Force.
The addition of Price further strengthens a heralded Horned Frogs signing class that ranks as the program's best in recent memory and one of the top-rated groups in the nation this season. ESPN.com recently ranked the four-man class No. 36 overall. Each of the four players has earned ratings of at least three stars by Rivals.com.
TCU put together a talented early signing class back in mid-November featuring center Karviar Shepherd (Dallas, Texas/Prime Prep Academy) and guards Brandon Parrish (Arlington, Texas/Seguin HS) and Michael Williams (San Antonio, Texas/Reagan HS). Shepherd was ranked as the nation's No. 46 overall prospect, and the No. 3 center, for the class of 2013 by ESPN, while both Parrish and Williams were listed as top-150 players by select outlets.
The spring basketball signing period continues through May 15.