Missouri made it official on Tuesday, announcing that Zach Price has signed a financial aid agreement to attend Mizzou after transferring from Louisville.
Price is a 6-foot-10, 250-pound front liner who can practice but not play for the Tigers this season under NCAA transfer rules. He has two years of eligibility remaining, and Missouri coach Frank Haith said Price will use the 2013-14 season to develop.
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“Obviously Zach has great size, and this redshirt season will be critical for him as he works to develop his body and improve his low-post skill,” Haith said. “We’ve had a very good track record developing our post players over the last two years, and that played a big role in him deciding to come to Mizzou.
“We like to play from the inside out, and I believe Zach has the ability to be a very good low-post scorer and defender in the Southeastern Conference.”
Missouri’s last post starter, Alex Oriakhi, was selected by the Phoenix Suns in the second round of last week’s NBA Draft.
Price appeared in 16 games, including seven starts, for NCAA champion Louisville last season. His last start came in a victory over Kentucky on Dec. 29. Price appeared in two games after that, including mop-up minutes in the Cardinals’ second-round NCAA Tournament victory over North Carolina A&T.
He wound up averaging 1.3 points and 1.4 rebounds over 7.7 minutes. As a freshman, he appeared in 19 games and averaged four minutes.
Price was a consensus top-100 prospect out of high school, a career he started in Lakewood, Ohio, and finished at Jeffersontown High in Louisville.
“I’m excited to be at the University of Missouri and knew this was where I wanted to be once I got to campus and had a chance to see the facilities and meet everyone,” Price said. “I’ve seen what the coaching staff has done with guys like Alex Oriakhi and Laurence Bowers and felt like Missouri would be the best place for me to continue my education, improve my game and compete for championships. I’m excited to get to school and ready to get to work.”