Purcell High On Hogs

Eastern Oklahoma State shooting guard DeVaughn Purcell (6-4, 180) hopes he can soon add Arkansas to his list of offers off the strength of a breakout sophomore season.

WARNER, Okla. - Eastern Oklahoma State shooting guard DeVaughn Purcell didn't have his best night Thursday in an 88-83 loss at Connors State, but he has had a breakout season.

Purcell (6-4, 180), an Orlando, Fla., native, is averaging 21.5 points this season while shooting nearly 60 percent rom the field and 42 percent from 3-point range for Eastern (17-7, 6-6).

He was just 5-of-16 from the field on Thursday, but still had 14 points in the road loss – including two monster dunks during a 14-0 spree that got his team back in the game.

"I had several shots go in and out, but it just wasn't my night overall shooting the ball," Purcell said. "So I just kept trying to play defense and do everything else I could to help out the team."

Purcell has offers from Ole Miss, TCU, Middle Tennessee State, Kennesaw State, Western Kentucky, Florida International and Texas-San Antonio.

He also has interest from Arkansas, Marquette, Gonzaga, Auburn, Iowa, Rhode Island, Southern Miss and George Mason among others.

"I really like Arkansas and they have been recruiting me hard lately," Purcell said. "I am really interested in them because they get up and down the court and I think that kind of style best fits my game. I really feel like I could really flourish in that style."

Purcell is coached by former Arkansas assistant Scott Edgar, whose coaching style is similar to that of former Razorback head coach Nolan Richardson and current Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson.

"Arkansas plays just like we do here – get the ball and go, play lots of guys and constantly pressure on defense," Purcell said. "Coach Anderson loves to play that same way and I think I would love to play for him."

The Razorbacks have been to see Purcell now a few times and could be close to offering.

"He had a tough night shooting, but you can see what a great athlete he is and how he can certainly play on that level," Edgar said. "I know Mike is taking a long look at him. He's just really starting to become the player he can be."

Purcell notes that he doesn't try to force what isn't there, which is evident by the fact that he uses his mid-range game a lot.

He is shooting 42 percent from 3-point range, but only put up 65 of his 300 shots from beyond the arc.

Purcell has also gotten to the free throw line just under 140 times.

"I think I am a very good shooter from deep, but take a lot of pride in being able to score from about anywhere on the floor and also being able to get to the rim," Purcell said. "I think my game is an all-around game and I am looking forward to taking it to the next level."

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