COLUMBIA — The Missouri men's basketball team added another transfer to its roster Tuesday when Frank Haith announced that sophomore Zach Price would come to the Tigers from the University of Louisville for his final two years of eligibility.
Price is the seventh player to transfer to play for Haith, who is entering his third season at Missouri.
Price, a 6-foot-10, 250-pound power forward, will have to sit out next season per NCAA regulations but will bring low post size to the Tigers in the 2014-15 season. The low post area is closest to the basket but outside the free throw lane.
Price played sparingly at Louisville, averaging 7.7 minutes, 1.3 points and 1.4 rebounds per game. He appeared in 16 games in his sophomore year, including a season-high 19 minutes in a 76-71 loss to Duke on Nov. 24 and two minutes against Missouri the night before in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. He scored a season-high six points and grabbed four rebounds in a win against Charleston on Dec. 4.
Despite not having gaudy numbers, Price will bring size to the Tigers' front court, as well as championship experience. Louisville won the NCAA national championship in April. It is a situation similar to that of former Tiger center Alex Oriakhi, who transferred from the University of Connecticut after winning a title with the Huskies.
Haith said in a news release on mutigers.com that Price would fit well into his style of play and hopes to use Price's redshirt year to develop his strength and post skills.
"We are all really excited to welcome Zach into our basketball family," Haith said in the release. "I believe Zach has the ability to be a very good low-post scorer and defender in the Southeastern Conference."
Price was a four-star prospect and was ranked as high as No. 56 coming out of high school in Cleveland. He pointed to the success of Oriakhi and fellow former Tigers post player Laurence Bowers as reasons he picked Missouri.
"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 with everyone," Price said in the release. "I felt that Missouri would be the best place for me to continue my education, improve my game and compete for championships."
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