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Final Ruling--Danjel Purifoy Won't Play Basketball for the Tigers This Season

Danjel Purifoy signed with the Tigers in the 2015 class as a highly-regarded prospect, but can't play until the 2016-17 season.

Auburn, Ala.--Danjel Purifoy will not play basketball for the Auburn Tigers  during the 2015-16 season, Coach Bruce Pearl announced on Tuesday. Pearl noted the freshman is redshirting and will have four seasons of eligibility starting with the 2016-17 season.

Ranked a four-star recruit by, the six-foot-six guard/forward has been attending classes at Auburn since this summer after graduating from Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia and has been practicing with the team. Because of a wide variation in his two ACT exams he took the test for a third time and didn't not make the necessary score to become eligible to play this season. The Tigers were hoping to have him declared academically eligible during the 2015-16 season, but that did not happen.

Originally from Centreville, Ala., he went to Hargrave for his senior season after committing Pearl’s Tigers in August of 2014. Purifoy, who practiced with the Tigers, has earned praise from Pearl for his performances.

Jason Caldwell

Danjel Purifoy has strength near the basket and a good outside jump shot.

If Purifoy makes normal academic progress, which he has been doing, the guard will be able to compete for the Tigers next season. Purifoy chose Auburn over Alabama, Tennessee, UAB, Michigan, Georgia and others as a high school senior.

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