Posterized By Purifoy

Preston Purifoy's posterizing dunk one of many highlights as the Arkansas Wings raced unbeaten to the Old School Super Regional 17-and-under championship this weekend in Conway.

CONWAY - If they had been selling posters at the Old School Super Regional AAU tournament this weekend, the hottest seller would likely have been one of Arkansas Wings shooting guard Preston Purifoy.

During a virtuoso 25-point performance on Saturday, the 6-3 Purifoy took flight for a dunk over a foe for an act that is commonly referred to as posterizing.

"I just thought our team need something to get it motivated because we were letting Athlete's First stick around with us," Purifoy said. "I figured that was a good way to get the team motivated."

Indeed it was, with the Conway native and 2010 prospect electrifying his teammates and the crowd on a weekend where the Wings raced through the tournament unbeaten in five games.

"That dunk was just ridiculous," Wings point guard and Conway teammate Kenyon McNeiall said. "He already had like four dunks in that one guy decided he was going to take a charge. It didn't work out well for him. He just got posterized."

The Wings completed a march to victory on Sunday in bracket play with wins over the St. Louis Eagles (64-41) in the semifinals and then whipping Memphis YOMCA (69-50) in the championship game on the campus of Hendrix University.

"We pretty much came out with the exception of one game this weekend, sharing the ball, playing good defense and winning by 20 or more points," noted McNeaill, who had 19 points in the and Aaron Cooper 17 in the semifinal win.

Cooper, a 5-10 guard from North Pulaski, had 19 to lead the Wings in the title game.

Purifoy has offers from Ole Miss, UAB and expects one soon from Tulsa. He also is very interested in Arkansas and Missouri, neither of which has offered as of yet.

He is planning on attending elite camps this summer at Arkansas, Missouri, LSU and Baylor.

He has a loose timetable on when he would like to have his college choice made.

"I probably want to verbally commit at the beginning of my (senior) basketball season," Purifoy said. "Or maybe at the end if I am not ready."

McNeaill, has offers from Nebraska and UAB and is getting interest from Arkansas and Tulsa among others.

He loves running the show for the Wings.

"For a point guard like me to have have four other players on the floor that can do everything – shoot, dunk, penetrate and kick off, that makes the game a lot easier for me," McNeaill said. "They are all smart players and it's fun."


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