Shooting guard Asanti Price on official visit at Georgia Tech

Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner was born Sept. 26, 1977, in Glen Dale, West Virginia. Pastner grew up in Kingswood, Texas, and graduated from the University of Arizona. Pastner was introduced as Tech's men's basketball coach April 8, 2016. Tech won 21 games in Pastner's first season, which ended with a loss in the NIT final. The Yellow Jackets slipped to a 13-19 record in Pastner’s second season. In Pastner's first two seasons at Tech, the Jackets were 14-24 in ACC games, including the ACC tournament. Tec

An under-the-radar prospect from South Carolina, shooting guard Asanti Price could be the next addition to the Georgia Tech roster.

Price, a 6-foot-5 guard from Keenan High in Columbia, was on Tech’s campus Friday for an official visit. He was recently offered a scholarship.

“I think he really wants to be there,” Price’s high-school coach, Zach Norris, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday.

Price has a lot of potential, Norris said.

“He’s got pro range for the 3-ball, and he defends exceptionally well, and he’s very, very athletic,” Norris said. “He’s got bunnies. He can get up off the floor.”

Norris said that Price began to gain significant recruiting attention at a high-profile holiday tournament in Columbia in December. (Price’s profile was evidently so low that he wasn’t one of the three players to watch for Keenan on the tournament website.) Price went on to lead Keenan to the Class 3A state championship and he was named all-state.

Kansas State has also offered him, as have Charlotte, East Carolina and Mount St. Mary’s. Xavier and Iowa State also are interested in Price. What Price does not have, though, is a recruiting ranking from 247 Sports, which is atypical for an ACC recruit. He does have a 3-star grade from Rivals.

Norris said that he has communicated frequently with coach Josh Pastner, who has queried him about Price’s strengths, weaknesses and his ability level. Pastner is particularly eager to find a scoring guard with one of his three available scholarships.

“He’s definitely a D-I upper-level (player),” said Norris, who is a member of the South Carolina basketball coaches Hall of Fame.

Norris also said that Price has grown a couple of inches in the past year, which may also have helped raise his recruiting profile, also. His case is not entirely dissimilar from that of Tech forward Moses Wright, who was not ranked by multiple recruiting websites at the time of his commitment to Tech in April of his senior year, in 2017. An especially athletic player with ample potential, he had grown four inches from the time he was a sophomore. He also had offers from Kansas State and Charlotte.

Two years later, he scored in double figures in four of the Jackets’ final five games and showed considerable promise for his final two seasons.