As Purnell continues his search for a big man to complete his 2012 recruiting class, Norvel Pelle plans on taking at least one more visit before reaching a decision.
"He's trying to narrow it down," said Rambo Rasheed, Pelle's trainer at Buckets Academy in Southern California. "Right now he's still pretty open. He liked both the ones that he went on visits to – New Mexico State and DePaul."
Pelle is also receiving interest from Connecticut and is planning a trip to Missouri at the end of the month.
The 6-10, 210 lb. big man originally committed to St. John's as part of the class of 2011. However, Pelle was one of three St. John's recruits who were declared academically ineligible by the NCAA for the first semester for the Red Storm. Pelle later decommitted from St. John's and has since been working hard to gain his academic eligibility for the 2012-13 season.
"He's following all of the procedures that he needs to do to make sure that he's eligible," said Rasheed. "He's making sure that he's staying on top of that."
Rasheed accompanied Pelle on his visit to DePaul last week. Both enjoyed their trip to the Windy City.
"It went very well," said Rasheed. "It's a prestigious program. They are trying to get the pieces that they need to get back on that platform. The school, the coaching staff, the teammates were all good. Also, because it's in Chicago, it was a very, very good trip."
One reason why Pelle is considering DePaul is because of the reputation that Purnell has brought with him to Lincoln Park.
"Coach Purnell is one of the most well-known prestigious black coaches out there on the college level," said Rasheed. "He coached at Clemson and in the Olympics. Just that alone had a lot to do with it. There's the simple fact that he sees something in Norvel as a basketball player and as a young man. He feels like he is someone who can help Norvel get to the next level and put him in a position to be successful. That is the main focus. Norvel can go down there and fit in a system where he'll compete on a high level in the Big East."
Pelle, who is a big time shot blocker, was originally rated as a 4-star recruit by Scout.com and ranked as the 16th best power forward in the nation. He was ranked as the 79th best overall prospect in the class of 2011.
"He'll be excellent at the next level," said Rasheed. "He's down there in the paint, blocking shots and rebounding. He's established his offensive game. He's looking very promising."
Pelle is just the type of long athletic prospect, that Purnell has been looking for.
"On the pro level, he's like Kevin Durant or Kevin Garnett," said Rasheed. "He's versatile. On the college level, he's compared to Anthony Davis from Kentucky because of just the fact that he's able to do things on the defensive and offensive end. "
Pelle was out on the AAU circuit during the spring evaluation period playing for the Buckets Academy AAU program. See Pelle in action with Buckets Academy in the following set of video highlights.
Recruiting Update: Norvel Pelle
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