Since the formation of the Big 12 Conference, Oklahoma basketball achieved its most consistent success around the turn of the millenium. One of the key players of that era was Hollis Price, a 6’1” point guard from New Orleans.
Price spent four years in Norman but was not drafted in 2003. He has since traveled to Europe to play basketball professionally, and is currently a member of ALBA Berlin. One of his teammates is Lucca Staiger, who recently finished his college career at Iowa State. Price is a backup.
Price played for ALBA Berlin five years ago, and has played on six other European teams.
Coached by Kelvin Sampson, the Sooners made the NCAA Tournament all four seasons that Price was there (2000 through 2003). As a junior, Price was named Most Outstanding Player of the Big 12 Tournament as the Sooners beat Kansas for their second straight title. He led Oklahoma to its first Final Four since 1988.The following year, the Sooners held off Missouri to win their third consecutive conference tournament title, and Price was again named MOP. Oklahoma made it to the NCAA regional finals as the No. 1 seed in the East before losing to the eventual national champion, Syracuse. Price was a second-team All-American.
Price ranks 7th in all-time scoring at Oklahoma with 1,821 points.
EURO TRIP: Price’s various teams have landed him in France, Germany, Spain, Lithuania, Russia, Italy and Germany again.