June 25, 2009
OREM, Utah -- Participants at Utah Valley University Coach Dick Hunsaker's Summer Basketball Camp received a surprise visit from current Utah Jazz guard and former UVU star Ronnie Price on Thursday.
Price, who holds the season and career records at Utah Valley for the most scoring average, came to Thursday's afternoon session and talked to, coached and signed autographs for campers.
After finishing his career at Utah Valley in 2005, Price has spent the last four seasons in the NBA, a far departure from his college life as a Wolverine.
"The biggest thing is that I've got bills and I have a family and a beautiful little girl," Price said. "Just the everyday grown-up things hit you when you leave college. I've been blessed to still be able to play the game that I love. I can't complain about that. I have a family now so it's not all about me any more and that's been the best part."
Price was always on Coach Hunsaker's camp staff as a collegiate player and has continued his involvement as a professional.
"The goal is to hopefully, maybe grab one of these kids. We reach out to every single one but as long as there's one kid that can take something that I talk to them about and use it, it's worth it," said Price. "I like speaking at camps and at Coach Hunsaker's camp it's that much better because we're here at Utah Valley and I'll always support coach in whatever he is doing."
Price attributes much of his success at Utah Valley and in the NBA to the time he spent playing for and learning from Hunsaker.
"He's been loyal and more than supportive. I can't even tell you how much support he's given me. I consider him a lifelong friend. We share a lot of the same passions. I feel that I'm a loyal person and he is probably the most loyal person that I have ever met in my life. I can't say enough nice words about him."
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