Majzoub Mixtape Reviews

We evaluate a trio of SMU basketball prospects inside!

Danjel Purifoy- SF, Cahawba Christian Academy (AL) (2015)

Scoring: Purifoy is one of the best slashers in the Class of 2015 because of his terrific strength. He is still working on developing his perimeter jumper, but he can already get any shot he wants in the lane because of his toughness. He has the ability to knock down midrange jumpers and three-pointers but needs to find consistency with his release. Purifoy can score at will when going to the rim because he is incredibly long and athletic, so adding a refined jumper would make him nearly impossible to stop on offense.

Playmaking Ability: Purifoy is a great combination of strength, length, and athleticism. He plays really hard at all times and has a very high skill set. He has good court vision and doesn't mind sharing the ball with teammates. Purifoy's versatility allows him to play multiple positions and affect the game in different ways. He still needs to work on his ball-handling skills to be more effective away from the basket, but his stock will continue to rise as he keeps maturing and working on his game.

Defense: Purifoy has all the physical tools needed to be a terrific defender. He must get stronger and work on his lateral movement, but he is very long and versatile for his size. He is also a very good rebounder because he plays with great energy on both ends and crashes the lane hard. However, Purifoy isn't fast enough to guard smaller perimeter players, so he needs to improve on his shot blocking to help him dominate inside more.

Side Note: Purifoy is a member of Atlanta Xpress in AAU. SMU offered him last week.

Offers: SMU, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan State, Mississippi State, UAB and more.

Measureables: 6-6, 185

Ranking: A four-star in the Class of 2015 and the No. 12 rated small forward.


D.J. Williams- SF, Simeon Vocational (IL) (2015)

Scoring: Williams is a wing who can score in multiple ways. He can beat defenders off the dribble and has the ability to shoot from anywhere on the floor. He is also a terrific finisher who embraces contact to draw fouls. Williams is an excellent midrange shooter and can finish with both hands in the paint as well. With his ability to shoot threes, Williams could be a terrific face-up power forward. His great touch inside and outside make Williams a nightmare to defend on the perimeter.

Playmaking Ability: Williams is a terrific playmaker because of his athleticism. He is very skilled because of his good ball handling and quickness. He moves fluidly and has the ability to create offense for his teammates when attacking the rim. He needs to work on turning the ball over less, but he can be a big threat in transition because of his versatility. Williams is a smooth scorer, but his ability to penetrate the defense also makes him a terrific playmaker.

Defense: Williams needs to improve his strength to help him out defensively. He is still filling out his frame and needs to add more muscle to his size. He has great length but could improve his lateral quickness to become a better one-on-one defender. Williams also needs to use his length to be more effective on the glass. He is quick to the ball, but still very raw on the defensive end. If Williams is able to improve defensively, he will be one of the most complete players in the country.

Side Note: Williams is a member of Team Meanstreets in AAU. He also played for the 2013 USA Basketball Men's Developmental National Team.

Offers: SMU, DePaul, Florida, Georgetown, Illinois, Nebraska, Purdue, Tennessee and more.

Measureables: 6-7, 200

Ranking: A four-star in the Class of 2015 and the No. 7 rated small forward.


Jared Vanderbilt- SF/PF, Victory Prep (2017)

Scoring: Vanderbilt is a smooth lefty with a great shooting touch. He gets around defenders and into the paint with spin moves and terrific ball handling. Vanderbilt doesn't mind finishing over opponents in the lane and has a very soft touch inside as well. He is dynamic in transition and in the half court because of his size and ability to finish in the lane. Although he still has room to improve, Vanderbilt is already a dynamic scorer who is comfortable shooting from just about anywhere on the floor.

Playmaking Ability: Vanderbilt has a terrific feel for the game and a high basketball IQ. Although he can score on all three levels, Vanderbilt also shares the ball very well and is a skilled passer. He is so versatile that he can even bring the ball up the floor and run his teams' offensive set sometimes. Vanderbilt still needs to improve on his strength, but he is athletic and smart enough that he can make up for it. With his ability to slash to the rim and willingness to pass, Vanderbilt is a great teammate and playmaker on the floor.

Defense: Vanderbilt uses his versatility and athleticism to cause problems for his opponents when he is on defense. He has good lateral quickness that allows him to stay with smaller perimeter players but also the strength to be an effective rebounder inside. Vanderbilt also has good instincts on defense that allow him to collect steals and blocks around the basket. He is still very raw on the defensive end because he needs to fill out his frame, but the fact he has already shown some ability on that end at a very young age is promising.

Side Note: Vanderbilt plays for Houston Elite in AAU, which is the same team as fellow SMU target Chris Giles.

Offers: SMU, Creighton and Texas A&M

Measureables: 6-8, 195

Ranking: Not available yet because he is in the Class of 2017.


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