Pearl Gets A Big One: Purifoy On Board

One of the top basketball prospects in the country has committed to play for Auburn.

New York City--Coach Bruce Pearl’s first commitment for the 2015 Auburn basketball signee class is an impressive one.

Danjel Purifoy, a six-foot-six small forward with ties to the state of Alabama, announced on Friday night that he will sign with the Tigers. Purifoy, who is ranked as the No. 11 prospect in the nation at his position by Scout.com, made the announcement while participating in the Under Armour Elite 24 festivities in New York City.

Purifoy, who took an unofficial visit to Auburn this summer and said he was impressed, is from Centreville, Ala., but will play his senior season at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia. He has also been recruited by Alabama, UAB, Tennessee, Michigan, Georgia, Kentucky and others.

“I have liked Auburn all of my life,” he said. “It is a great school. I went there to visit and they run the floor. That is what I am looking to get into so we can go from there.”

The prospect has been having a strong summer on the AAU circuit playing for Atlanta Xpress. A prospect who has skills to play both inside and on the perimeter, he said, “It doesn’t matter where I play. Wherever position my coach puts me at I will play it.”

Danjel Purifoy

Since Pearl was hired the Tigers have busy trying to upgrade the roster. The Tigers signed high school senior guard T.J. Lang from McGill-Toolen in spring after getting a commitment from power forward Cinmeon Bowers from Chipola Junior College in Marianna, Fla.

The Tigers have also added three transfer guards to the roster. K.C. Ross-Miller from New Mexico State and Antione Mason from Niagara will be immediately to play for the Tigers as seniors for the 2014-15 season. Kareem Canty, a transfer from Marshall, is redshirting this season and will be eligible as a junior for the 2015-16 season.


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