Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) –Bruce Pearl is already making his presence felt at Auburn. The school’s newly hired men’s basketball coach received a commitment from small forward Danjel Purifoy, the 50th ranked player in the ESPN 100, on Friday.
The 6-foot-7 Purifoy was also being recruited by Alabama, Kentucky, Michigan, Tennessee and Georgia.
Pearl’s three-year NCAA penalty ends at midnight Friday. That means Pearl will be allowed to communicate with recruits for the first time since he accepted the Auburn job in March.
Auburn is hoping Pearl can continue to help the school rebuild a basketball program that last season finished 6-12 in the SCC and 14-16 overall.
Next up for Pearl and Auburn, a visit from another ESPN 100 player, forward Horace Spencer.