Taking His Best Shot

Conway standout Preston Purifoy hopes a scholarship offer comes his way from the Razorbacks if he can shine at this weekend's Arkansas Elite Camp, which ends on Saturday afternoon.

Conway guard Preston Purifoy is taking his best shot – literally and figuratively – at this weekend's Arkansas Elite Basketball Camp.

Purifoy – a 6-4 shooting guard who the Razorbacks have been evaluating this spring and summer – hopes to come out of this weekend with an offer from the Razorbacks.

There are some 50-plus campers at the Arkanas Elite Camp, which will conclude on Saturday afternoon.

"I am really just coming out here and trying to show them what I can do and hope it works out for me," Purifoy said.

Purifoy has offers from Ole Miss, UAB, SMU, Drake, North Texas and Tulsa, but has narrowed it down to a pair of schools.

"I have narrowed it down to Arkansas and Tulsa," Purifoy said. "I went to visit Tulsa and I think I can go there and play right away and make damage as a freshman, which is important to me.

"I have sort of planned to commit somewhere after this Arkansas camp," Purifoy added.

He got a chance to look over Arkansas more in depth this summer on an unofficial visit.

"It went really good and I think I have a better relationship and understanding of Arkansas," Purifoy said. "Before I came up, I knew a little bit about Arkansas, but now I know a whole lot more and I like them a whole more than I did before the visit.

"I learned that I can come down here and fit in real good with Arkansas program and they way they play," Purifoy said. "I like their coaches and I also like their academic programs."

After missing half of his junior season with an injury, Purifoy was able to be healthy in AAU basketball this spring and summer.

"My whole summer went great," Purifoy said. "I played with the Arkansas Wings up until the last couple of tournaments when I played with Mike Miller's team M33M out in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.

"I enjoyed that a lot," Purfoy added. "We had (fellow Conway standout and Nebraska commit) Kenyon (McNeaill) playing the point and Mardracus Wade at the 2 and me at the 3.

"I really think I got a lot better and I am just looking forward to having a great senior season," Purifoy said.


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