Michigan Inks Three Recruits During Early Signing Period
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan men's basketball program received today (Wednesday, Nov. 10) National Letters of Intent from three student-athletes during the early signing period: Kendric Price, a 6-8 forward from Boston, Mass.; Jevohn Shepherd, a 6-5 wing from Toronto, Canada; and Jerret Smith, a 6-3 guard from Romulus, Mich.

"We are very fortunate to have three quality student athletes decide to continue their education at the University of Michigan," said U-M coach Tommy Amaker. "We look forward to teaching and coaching them."

Price, an Independent School League Player of the Year candidate, is averaging 18.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 1.8 assists in his three-year prep career. After playing at Melrose High School as a freshman, he transferred to Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, where he has spent the last three seasons. In just two seasons at BB&N he has surpassed 1,000 career points. He is a two-time All-Independent School League first team selection and was third in the voting for the 2004 ISL Player of the Year.

Shepherd, a 2004 All-Provincial selection, is averaging 17.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 blocks in his three-years at West Hill Collegiate. A 2004 Toronto Star Basketball Top Five All-Star and Toronto Sun All-Toronto first team, he helped West Hill to back-to-back Toronto Eastern championships. In 2004, Shepherd led West Hill to a 30-6 record and a semifinal appearance at the OFSAA championship. He recorded seven games with 30 or more points and 11 games with 25 or more in 2004.

Smith, a candidate for 2005 Michigan's Hal Schram Mr. Basketball Award, is averaging 12.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.3 assists in his three-year prep career. He transferred to Romulus High School his junior season after playing two years at Westland John Glenn. Smith was a 2003 Detroit News Class A All-State, honorable mention selection and has been a two-time All-Metro and All-West selection by the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press.

The Wolverines will only lose one player from their 2004-05 roster. Fifth-year senior J.C. Mathis, who is continuing work on his master's degree at U-M, will exhaust his eligibility at the end of the season.


Kendric Price
Forward, 6-8. 200, Boston, Mass. (Buckingham Browne & Nichols School)

Awards and Honors:
2004 All-Independent School League, first team
2004 Buckingham Browne & Nichols Most Valuable Player
Third in voting for 2004 Independent School League Player of Year
2003 All-Independent School League, first team
2003 Buckingham Browne & Nichols Coaches Award for Outstanding Play and Team Contribution

Prep:
For three-year career averaging 18.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 2.5 blocks
   Coached by Lewis Bryant at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School
    Surpassed 1,000 points in two seasons in final game of junior season vs. Lawrence Academy
As a senior (2005)
   Independent School League Player of the Year, candidate
As a junior (2004), averaged 22.9 points, 11.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 3.0 blocks
   Shot 60 percent from the field and 39 percent from three-point range
   Led Buckingham Browne and Nichols to a (13-12) record; first winning season in about 10 years
    Tied for League leader in Independent School League scoring (22.9) and rebounding (11.0)
As a sophomore (2003), 20.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.0 blocks
   Led Buckingham Browne and Nichols to a 12-14 record
As a freshman (2002), 13.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 blocks
   Led Melrose High School to a 5-15 record
 
Other:
Member of AAU basketball team, New England Playaz
    Coached by T.J. Gassnola
Participant at 2004 adidas Superstar Camp
    Coached by Mike Jarvis Jr.
Participant at adidas Super 64
Participant at the Reebok Summer Classic

Personal:
Played against U-M sophomore Courtney Sims in Independent School League (2003)
Interested in singing, member of the Buckingham Browne & Nichols School Choir, bass section
   Toured with BB&N through Eastern Europe, summer of 2004
Talented jazz pianist
Born on July 17, 1986


Jevohn Shepherd
Wing, 6-5. 205, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (West Hill Collegiate)

Awards and Honors:
2004 Toronto Star Basketball Top Five All-Star
2004 Toronto Sun All-Toronto, first team
2004 West Hill Collegiate Team MVP
2004 All-Provincial

Prep:
For three-year career averaging 17.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.2 blocks
    Coached by Wayne Dawkins at West Hill Collegiate
As a junior (2004), averaged 28.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 blocks
    Led West Hill to a 30-6 record
    Led West Hill to 2003 Toronto Eastern championship
    Had 36 points in championship game, West Hill defeated Laurier, 86-65
    Led West Hill to OFSAA semifinal appearance
    Led Toronto East in scoring
    Scored a season-high 42 against Central Commerce
    Had seven games with 30-plus points
    Had 11 games with 25-plus points
As a sophomore (2003), 16.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 blocks
    Led West Hill to 2003 Toronto Eastern championship
    West Hill defeated Laurier, 78-77
As a freshman (2002), 9.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 blocks

Other:
Member of AAU basketball team, Phase 1
    Coached by Wayne Dawkins
    Helped lead team to the Final 16 at the Main Event in Las Vegas
      Averaged 16.0 points
Participant at 2004 Nike All-American Camp
Participant at 2004 NBPA Top 100 Camp
Participant at 2004 Nike All-Canada Camp
    Led Team White to 89-81 victory over Team Red in camp All-Star Game
    Slam Dunk champion
    Had 42 point scoring output in camp game, highest point total of the camp

Personal:
Born on April 8, 1986


Jerret Smith
Guard, 6-3. 185, Romulus, Mich. (Romulus HS)

Awards and Honors:
2004 Detroit Free Press All-Metro, honorable mention
2004 Detroit Free Press All-West, third team
2003 Detroit News Class A All-State, honorable mention
2003 Detroit Free Press All-Metro, honorable mention
2003 Detroit Free Press All-West, second team
2003 Detroit News All-Metro, honorable mention
2003 Detroit News All-West, second team
2003 Westland Observer All-Observer, second team

Prep:
For three-year career averaging 12.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 5.3 assists
    Coached by Nate Oats at Romulus High School (2004 to present)
    Coached by Joel Lloyd at Westland John Glenn (2002-03)
As a junior (2004), averaged 10.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 6.3 assists
    Led Romulus to a 17-5 record, started all 22 games
    Recorded triple double with 16 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds (January 17, 2004)
    Transferred to Romulus High School
As a sophomore (2003), 16.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists
    Led Westland John Glenn to a 16-5 record
As a freshman (2002), 12.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists
    Led Westland John Glenn to a 15-7 record

Other:
Participant at 2004 Reebok ABCD camp
   Coached by Matt Doherty
Member of summer 2004 AAU basketball team, Team Detroit
    Coached by Rodney Heard
Member of summer 2003 AAU basketball team, 'The Family'
    Coached by Durand 'Speedy' Walker
Participant at 2004 NBPA Top 100 Camp
Participant at 2003 Nike Jamboree

Personal:
Played with U-M freshman Ron Coleman at Romulus High School (2003)
Born on January 8, 1987

Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423


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