Ronnie Price's remarkable road to the NBA started with a meeting and a media guide
“(He) probably had the most improvement of a player that I’ve ever experienced in my career (of) 37 years,” Hunsaker said. “He was always blessed with tremendous athleticism, and he had a late growth spurt. As he grew into that body, he made the necessary physical and mental adjustments that comes with that.”
Price is now known as the most famous basketball player to come out UVU/UVSC. He averaged more than 24 points per game his senior year, and by that time, Utah Valley was a university. They were not yet in a conference, and were independent. Price was named the Division I independent Player of the Year.
Price wasn’t drafted to the NBA that following year, but he was picked up by the Sacramento Kings. He has bounced around, but has lasted in the league for nine years. He was a member of the Utah Jazz for four years and currently plays for the Orlando Magic, averaging 2.5 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. With an recent injury to starting Magic guard Jameer Nelson, Price has had the opportunity to start for Orlando. Price put up a season-high eight points and five assists in a 101-89 loss to the Houston Rockets on March 5.
Ronnie and Jenni ended up getting married in the summer of 2008. They now have a little family and are changing cities whenever Price goes to a new team.
“I feel super blessed grateful for where we’re at,” Jenni Price said. “It has its things that are a little hard at times because you’re moving around, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Sometimes pinch myself, you know, I’m really married to my best friend.”
Hunsaker and Price have maintained a close relationship throughout Price’s career. Price referenced Hunsaker for having the biggest impact on his development as a basketball player and as a man.
“Ronnie is as respectful young man as you’ll ever meet,” Hunsaker said. “At this time in our lives it’s a father-son friendship, a relationship and this has been definitely gratifying and fun.”
As Price looks back at his career, he says he has been truly blessed and realizes that everything happens for a reason.
“I don’t regret anything that I ever did or any decision that I ever made because most of the decisions that I’ve made in my life have been based off of faith,” said Price, who was inducted into the UVU Hall of Fame in 2010.
“When I look back at it and I look at the real reason why I went to Utah Valley and all that came out of going to school there, it’s truly a blessing. I firmly believe that. Looking back on it and my experiences while I was there, I wouldn’t trade it for the world," he said.
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