Zach Price, who helped Louisville win a national championship in April but announced his intentions to transfer two months later, is coming to Missouri.
Price, a 6-foot-10, 250-pound junior forward, made an announcement Sunday on Twitter that he had signed paperwork to join the Tigers. He’s the second transfer in a little more than two months to pick Missouri, joining former Baylor swingman Deuce Bello.
Both Bello and Price will have two seasons of remaining eligibility starting in 2014-15. MU coach Frank Haith has two scholarships left to use on the 2014 class.
Price played just 25 games in two seasons with the Cardinals but was a four-star prospect by Rivals.com coming out of Jeffersontown High School in Kentucky in 2011.
He played in 16 games last season, starting seven, and averaged 7.7 minutes per game, 1.3 points and 1.4 rebounds.
When Price decided that he wanted to transfer, Louisville coach Rick Pitino cited playing time as a reason.
“We’re a deep basketball team, and we respect anybody’s decision that wants to play a lot,” Pitino told the Louisville Courier-Journal in June. “Certainly he didn’t play a whole lot for us and wasn’t a major factor in what we do, and he felt like he could go somewhere else and be a major factor. So we respect his decision and hope he has great success when he moves on.”
Price told PowerMizzou.com on Sunday that MU associate coach Tim Fuller, who recruited Price to Louisville while working on the Cardinals’ staff, played a factor in the decision.
“It was very important, being the fact that I knew him and had an established relationship with him,” Price said.
Price also told PowerMizzou that he plans to be on the MU campus Wednesday.
“I feel like I can bring a lot to Missouri, but there’s a lot I also need to work on,” he said. “I feel like I can be a good defensive player and a good offensive player and be incorporated into the system like the other good big men Missouri has had. I want to work on all aspects of my game.”
When Price is eligible to play, he will join 6-11 Stefan Jankovic, 6-10 Ryan Rosburg, 6-11 Keanau Post, 6-9 Johnathan Williams III and 6-8 Torren Jones in the Tigers’ projected 2014 frontcourt. Williams and Jones will be sophomores, Jankovic and Rosburg will be juniors and Post will be a senior.
Bello also was seeking more playing time and cited Fuller as a reason for his decision to come to Missouri.
“I just feel like the coaching staff is good, and I’ve been cool with Tim for a while,” Bello told The Star in May.