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With the 2012-13 college basketball season quickly approaching, The Cardinal Connect will provide a brief preseason player profile for all 15 members of the team. We’ll take a look at each player’s production from last season and provide what their reasonable expectations should be in 2012-13.
#25 Zach Price, 6-foot-10, Center, Soph:
2011-12 Season Review: As a true freshman last year Price played in 19 games averaging 4.3 minutes per contest. His best performance was against Fairleigh Dickinson where he played 15 minutes, scored 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds, but somehow managed to foul out. With Price being a top 60 player coming out of high school, a lot of fans expected him to contribute early on, but that wasn’t the case. As most freshman post players do, Price had a tough time adjusting to the next level. Although the potential looked evident, his production was very minimal last season.
2012-12 Expectations: Price is one of a handful of guys whose expectations are somewhat hard to predict as we head into the season. With the addition of Montrezl Harrell, it may be tough for Price to crack into the top eight of the rotation. Coach Pitino has mentioned numerous times over the past year that Price’s conditioning is his biggest weakness. Size isn’t and has never been an issue for Price. At 6-foot-10 250-pounds he has the size to play in the Big East. With Louisville’s front-court already loaded, I think Price will have had to of made a serious improvement from this year to last year in order to receive quality minutes in 2012-13.