AUBURN, Ala. — Danjel Purifoy has regained his eligibility with Auburn basketball for next season. He ans on using it as a member of Bruce Pearl’s defending SEC champions.
Purifoy cleared the air Wednesday evening by tweeting that he would play for the Tigers in the 2018-19 season.
Yes I am coming back next year🙏🏾. #WarEagle
— Thedanjelpurifoy3 (@DanjelKevon3) March 21, 2018
Auburn announced Tuesday night that Purifoy would be eligible for the final 70 percent of next season after sitting out all of 2017-18 due to his connection with an FBI investigation that led to the arrest of former assistant coach Chuck Person.
Although he’ll be a junior in 2018-19, Purifoy has played only one season at Auburn. He wasn’t ruled eligible for his first season in 2015-16, which led to him taking a redshirt. Purifoy averaged 11.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.4 steals per game as a redshirt freshman in 2016-17.
With Purifoy back, Auburn is expected to have at least 10 players with Division I experience next season. Center Austin Wiley, who also sat out the 2017-18 season with eligibility issues, and small forward Mustapha Heron will at least consider early entry into the 2018 NBA Draft.