THE WOODLANDS, Texas - There were several notable performances coming from the UA Invitational on…
Terps Involved With Alabama Forward
"I've seen Danjel a number of times recently at some tournaments this Spring, and he's a man-child on the court," said the source. "He's a guy who can bring the ball up court, he can guard wings, and he can even guard a power forward. It's really hard to classify him...I guess I'd call him a point forward. You can run the offense through him. He just does so many things well."
Purifoy, 6-7, does have some things to work on, however.
"Danjel's not a great knockdown jumpshooter," said the scout. "But he's the type kid that even if you play off him, he's still quick enough, and strong enough, to get around you, and get into the lane. He's a finisher and someone who absorbs contact well. Now this spring he has been making his fair share of perimeter jumpers, but he's not known for being a pure shooter.
"I've seen Purifoy play a lot, and I think he's a pro. He's got the body , the athleticism, and has great basketball IQ. He's a top 25-50 prospect in my eyes, and he'll play in the League. It will just be a question of how much he improves that shot. But he can play professionally regardless because of the other parts of his game. He's a really talented kid."
There may be another issue of some concern, however.
"I don't think the academics are great right now," said the source. "I heard Danjel may be looking to transfer for his senior year, and that might be a good move. If he shores up the grades, someone's going to get an outstanding player. He seems like a great kid who just let the grades slide a bit. I've talked to him three different times in the past few months, and his list of schools keeps changing, but Maryland always seems to be the one constant school on these lists.
"From talking to him, it sure sounds like Maryland is his leader. So, we'll see where he winds up this fall and go from there. If Maryland really wants a multi-purpose forward, this kid's an awfully good one. He plays for the Atlanta XPress, and that's an Under Armour program. That certainly that won't hurt Maryland's chances."
We spoke briefly with Winfred Jordan, the director of Atlanta XPress, and he did confirm that Maryland was "definitely involved in Danjel's recruitment."
We'll just have to wait and see how, or if, this recruitment of Purifoy plays out. Obviously, the current recruitment of transfers could play a role, and it's known the Terps are making a strong push for forwards Esa Ahmad (Shaker Heights, Ohio) and Jordan Murphy (Brennan/San Antonio, Texas), both of whom are in solid academic shape. Still, you have to stay on a kid with this type of talent and upside.
TerrapinTimes.com Recommended Stories
Dr. Roto Video: Week 12 Key Matchups
Dr. Roto highlights each and every game upcoming for Week 12 and a Fantasy matchup to monitor within. Cleveland Browns WR Josh Gordon (pictured above) makes his return against the less-than-stellar…Read More
The 10 Biggest Anti-Knife Cities In The U.S.
If you're a hunter or an outdoorsman like us, chances are you carry some sort of pocket knife or multi-tool with a blade at all times. If you visit some of these cities your every-day tool could put…Read More
6 Biggest Man-to-Man Rivalries in Sports
From Pierce and Lebron to Peyton and Tom to Ali and Frazier, we're celebrating love/hate on and off the field of play.Read More
NFL Week 12: Every Game Previewed
It's a wild slate of games this Sunday with several matchups that involve playoff seeding implications and a few divisional showdowns.Read More
Apache Administers Death to Taliban (VIDEO)
The Apache helicopter is one of the most famed and efficient killing machines in the U.S Army. Get the skinny on this 'steel dragon' and watch what one does to a platoon of Taliban fighters in…Read More