Whenever you call someone a rat in basketball terms, it's the utmost compliment.
That's exactly the terminology River veteran head coach Mark Romick used to describe standout senior Brett Price.
It's that work ethic that allowed Price's game to make significant strides and that has now afforded him the opportunity to play at the next level.
Price has signed to continue his academic and basketball careers at Marietta College.
"It's been all about hardwork," Price said. "I really wasn't very good my freshman and sophomore seasons, but knowing we had no seniors, during my junior year and that I would be starting I didn't want to be embarrassed, so I worked my butt off."
It all paid dividends for Price, who led the Pilots to the Division IV regional tournament in Canton and earned third-team all-Ohio honors in the process.
"Brett's all-around game improved each year," Romick said. "His attitude was second to none and he always came to practice with a great work ethic. He would not let people outwork him."
During the course of his senior season, Price averaged 20.4 points a game, 6.1 rebounds and 4 assists a contest as the Pilots finished with a
"There was nothing like this past season," Price disclosed. "We won three sectionals and a district (during my career), but to make the regionals the guys I'd played with me entire life is something that I'll never forget. It was a great experience."
One area where Price's game made the biggest improve was from behind the 3-point line. He dialed long distance 67 times, including hitting a game winner against Magnolia in Hannibal in January.
"Brett wasn't much of a 3-point threat as a junior, so he worked hard in the off-season to improve that," Romick said. "He was very good at reading, coming off screens and shooting. That's what impressed a number of college coaches."
On top of earning all-Ohio, Price was named first-team all-Eastern District, all-District 12, all-OVAC, all-Times Leader and all-Valley. Plus, he was chosen for the OVAC and Ohio North-South Game.
"Brett's game has great upside for the next level," Romick said. "If he works hard in the weight room and continues to put the needed time in on his game, I am sure he'll excel."
Before settling on the Pioneers, who have won the Ohio Athletic Conference the last two seasons, Price considered the likes of Muskingum, Wheeling Jesuit and Walsh.
"The decision wasn't that tough because Marietta offered the best package, it had the (major) I wanted and it was close to home," Price said.
Along with his prowess on the court, Price is a standout in the classroom. He's a member of the National Honor Society. He's also a past letterwinner in baseball.
Brett, who is the son of Debbie Headley and Mike Price, plans on majoring in physical therapy.
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