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By JACK LeGWINSpecial to ZAGSBLOGORLANDO, Fla. — Danjel Purifoy is making a name for himself.
The 2015 Atlanta Xpress small forward made some waves this past week in Orlando, leading the Xpress to a 17-point win over Each1Teach1 Elite 16U, and a win later over the Florida Tar Heels in front of Georgia’s Mark Fox, Clemson’s Brad Brownell, Indiana’s Tom Crean and Virginia’s Tony Bennett.
Standing at a lanky 6-foot-6, Purifoy has received offers from Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State, Alabama, Georgia, Auburn, and UAB. Kentucky has been a school that Purifoy has wanted to play at for a long time.
“It would be real good,” Purifoy took SNY.tv. “I have been wanting to play there since I was a kid.”
He will take the rest of his visits in the fall, but has already taken unofficial visits to three schools already.
“I have already visited Alabama, UAB and Auburn,” Purifoy said.
One of the best slashers in the class of 2015, many people see Purifoy as a player whose stock will rise once he develops his shot as his career in high school goes on. Purifoy is a player who can crash the glass and get any shot in the lane that he wants, but is working to extend his range out beyond the 3-point arc.
He said it was an honor to play in front of the coaches that he played in front of this past week.
“Its good, because I can really show them what I can do as a player in high school,” said Purifoy. “I’m trying to show them that I can listen to my AAU coach, and can be disciplined on, and off the court.”
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.