2007 Intro: DeJuan Pursley

DeJuan Pursley is hoping he enjoys the same kind of success that a former Lawrence Academy (Mass.) star, Richard Roby, had while in prep school.

DeJuan Pursley hasn't gotten much attention tucked away in quiet Groton, Mass., at Lawrence Academy for the past year.

His playing time was limited with the Cleveland Titans this past summer, but he's an intriguing enough prospect to warrant a visit from Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon.

The 6-foot-8, 200-pound forward is a native of Cleveland, but came to Lawrence a year ago to focus primarily on getting his academics in order. When he arrived at Lawrence, he decided to re-do his sophomore year and is now a junior and in the Class of 2007.

``The first year was tough," Pursley admitted. "I'm used to staying at home and not used to people telling me I have to go somewhere at a certain time. But now I'm maturing and adjusting to the situation."

Pursley is a talented player who can step out and knock down shots from the perimeter and also score in the paint. He needs to get stronger and learn to play hard all the time, but there's no questioning his talent.

``He's got a lot of tools," Lawrence coach Kevin Wiercinski said. "He showed it in spurts last year. He's got to be more consistent and if he does, he's a force. Defensively, he has a good understanding of the game. On the offensive end, he needs to get stronger and if he does, he can be dominating."

Pursley, 17, said he likes Pittsburgh and Syracuse right now, but he won't make any decisions until he gets a chance to see some schools. Wiercinski added that Marshall, Michigan and Dayton have also expressed interest.

``The environment is important to me," Pursley said. "I want a family environment that reminds me of home."


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