Winthrop men’s basketball coach Pat Kelsey announced through a press release that Zach Price, a 6-foot-10, 250-pound center, has transferred from Missouri. His eligibility for the 2014-15 season is pending a waiver from the NCAA.
Price, who was a four-star recruit out of Jeffersontown High School in Louisville, Ky., originally signed with Louisville in 2011 and played two years for the Cardinals, averaging 1.2 points and 1.4 rebounds for the school’s national championship team in 2012-13. He started seven games for the Cardinals that season but after transferring to Missouri, never suited up for the Tigers.
He sat out the 2013-14 season with the Tigers due to NCAA transfer rules and was dismissed from the team following an altercation with a teammate on April 3.
Price pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor careless driving and two counts of misdemeanor disturbing the peace. He received two years of probation along with 80 hours of community service, which he has completed.
“We put the ultimate emphasis on the evaluation of one’s character when considering who to bring into our program,” said Kelsey. “We found the incident involving Zach to be isolated and the content of his character to be very solid. Our due diligence was extensive and we found him worthy of a second chance. I expect Zach to make us very proud through the impact he will have on our campus and community.”
Winthrop Athletic Director Tom Hickman agreed with Kelsey.
“We fully investigated the circumstances surrounding the incident at Missouri. Based on our findings and after consultation with his treatment professional, we believe Zach Price deserves a second chance,” said Hickman. “We also believe that the nurturing environment at Winthrop will provide him the opportunity to be a productive citizen and student-athlete.”
Price expressed his gratitude to Winthrop and the basketball program for allowing him this second chance.
“I would like to thank Winthrop University for this opportunity. I accept responsibility for my mistakes, have learned from them and have grown as a person,” he said. “I will work hard in the classroom, in the community and on the court to represent Winthrop in a first-class manner. I am truly grateful for this second chance and I am excited to be an Eagle.”