4-star Danjel Purifoy: Next Southeast standout to Maryland?

4-star Danjel Purifoy: Next Southeast standout to Maryland?
July 10, 2014, 4:15 pm
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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- With help from Maryland assistant coach Bino Ranson, the Terrapins have created a pipeline to the southeastern United States that has brought with it a solid stream of talent from the region.

Former Maryland forward Charles Mitchell came to the program from the class of 2012. Center Trayvon Reed followed in 2014. Then after spending two seasons at Georgia Tech, forward Robert Carter, Jr. transferred to College Park this offseason. He will sit out one season before being eligible to play in 2015-16.

All of those connections aren't lost on four-star 2015 wing Danjel Purifoy, the No. 80 overall prospect in the class according to Rivals.com and another product of the Southeast to whom Maryland has offered a scholarship and been in touch with consistently.

"I go to my AAU coach's house," Purifoy told Comcast SportsNet on Thursday. "They call his phone and I talk to them then."

Much of Maryland's success in that area is a credit to the relationship that has been built with the program Purifoy is referencing, the Under Armour-affiliated Atlanta XPress. Reed and Carter, Jr. both played for XPress during their prep years.

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Now could come Purifoy, a 6-6, 210-pounder with a prototypical body for a college wing. In games on Thursday at Reebok Classic Breakout, he averaged 6.0 points in two outings and shot 6-of-11 from the floor. 

He was not aggressive off the bounce in the half-court, deferring more to teammates on this day, but he proved that is a player who can be trusted to handle the ball and attack in transition. As a part of head coach Mark Turgeon's secondary break offense that often likes to have three capable ball handlers on the floor, Purifoy could fit.

Turgeon was in the stands watching for both of Purifoy's games on Thursday.

The attractiveness of the system, plus lobbying from former members of his AAU program have helped to sell Maryland.

"They go to that school," Purifoy said. "And of course I listen to them because they're older and they've been through what I've been through."

July should bring more offers for Purifoy, who is keeping his options open for that reason.

"I don't know why I'm going to make my decision, but...I don't know yet," he said.