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"It's been pretty difficult," he said of the recovery period, which included a lot of bed rest and watching as his team prepared for the season. "I'm actually happy I came back — I wasn't supposed to play basketball this season at all. I wasn't supposed to be cleared until late February. But I got a second opinion from a sports doctor who cleared me. I'm just happy to be playing basketball."
Competition fuels Price and his passion for basketball is what motivated him to take his injury and the recovery period seriously so that he could rejoin his teammates sooner than later. Meetze was shocked when Price was a full go in the team's first game of the season and said that, other than some expected rust with his jump shot, he's has been as good as ever this season.
Ken West big man Quinton Campbell gets most of the headlines, and deservedly so, but Price is the lynchpin for the Blue Devils. He's the guy Meetze counts on to make big shots, make the right decisions and lead his team on the defensive end of the floor.
Price was ready to play from the moment Meetze gave him the green light toward the end of last season, when he was promoted to varsity, but he earned his minutes. Meetze brought him up as the 15th man on the team, but he didn't stay that low on the depth chart for long.
"Within five days he put himself at No. 6 on the depth chart and he was the first guy off the bench, which was pretty cool. You don't usually see that. We knew we had something special then, but we wanted him to develop and have the ball in his hand," Meetze said after keeping Price on JV for most of the season despite his obvious talent. "Then it got to the point we couldn't deny him anymore. He was that good. ... A lot of kids will lead with what they perceive as leadership, by saying the right things. But it's much harder to do the right things."