Coach: Salmen HS guard T.J. Price commits to WKU

9 05 2011

I spoke to Salmen (La.) High School coach Jesse Carlin this morning, and he informed me that Salmen shooting guard T.J. Price has given a commitment to Western Kentucky.

Carlin said that Price hasn’t officially signed his letter of intent yet, but he expects that to happen soon.

“He told me he committed Western Kentucky,” Carlin said. “He was there Thursday and got back Friday because he had a banquet to go to in Louisiana – Friday he told me he committed to Western Kentucky.

“I called him Sunday night and asked him what the family wanted to do (as far as a letter signing ceremony). He’s got graduation practice (tonight) and I should know something today.”

A highly decorated player at Salmen, Price averaged 17.6 points per game to go along with seven rebounds per contest and 3.2 assists on a 32-4 squad that was ranked as high as No. 2 in the state.

A three-year starter and two-time all-state pick, Price was the New Orleans Times-Picayune All-Metro Large Schools Player of the Year during both his junior and senior seasons. He was also named Louisiana’s Class 4A Player of the Year as a senior, where he took his team to the state semifinals.

Also a talented football player, Price had offers to play football as well.

“He’s 6-2, 205, has great range and is an outstanding shooter,” Carlin said. “Handles the ball well, shoots the ball well, rebounds the ball well and is tough on defense.

“He’s a good player and he’s someone who had some real big division one school interested but some backed off for whatever reason. He’s been an outstanding player for us, though.”

Carlin said he translates to a two-guard at the next level, but did a little bit of everything in high school at Salmen.

“He can score facing the goal or with his back to the goal,” he said. “He can attack the rim off the dribble and did a little bit of everything for us.”

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