Pearl Discusses His Freshman Arrivals

New Auburn men's basketball coach Bruce Pearl is already working with K.T. Lang and Jack Purchase.

Auburn, Ala.--Since joined by two transfers and a signee from junior college, a pair of freshmen are trying to impress Bruce Pearl this summer.

Auburn's new head men's basketball coach was on board when the Tigers signed 6-7 guard/forward T.J. Lang from McGill-Toolen High in Mobile.

Jack Purchase, a 6-8 forward from Melbourne, Australia, signed with the Tigers in the early period last November when Tony Barbee was the head coach.

Jack Purchase is the AU men's basketball team's first-ever signee from Australia.

With a new rule in place allowing college basketball teams to practice up to eight hours a week with the coaching staff there to teach, Pearl has been getting to know his new team while also beginning to install his offensive and defensive systems.

Asked about how Purchase and Lang have done so far, Pearl said, "They are freshmen so they do some things that are very exciting and then we go, ‘oh, those are freshmen.'

"Both are going to be good players," he added. "They are both hard on themselves in a sense that they were just seniors in high school where they did whatever they wanted to do. Now they are coming in against men and it isn't quite as easy."

Lang and Purchase were on campus for the first summer session that began in May. For the second session that started this week they have been joined by transfer guards Antoine Mason from Niagara and Kareem Canty from Marshall.

Mason, a postgraduate student, will have one season of eligibility for the Tigers. Canty, who was a redshirt freshman last season, will have to redshirt this season and will be a junior in eligibility when he plays for the Tigers starting with the 2015-16 season.

On Thursday 6-6, 260 power forward Cinmeon Bowers enrolled for classes and joined the team after finishing his academic work at Chipola Junior College. Bowers will be a junior for the 2014-15 season.

Considered a good inside scorer and rebounder, Bowers should give the Tigers much needed power around the basket, an area they struggled with last season.

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