AUBURN, Ala. — After missing all of this season with eligibility issues, Danjel Purifoy will be cleared to return for most of next season for Auburn basketball.
According to an Auburn spokesperson, the NCAA has ruled that Purifoy will be eligible ” after the first 30 percent of next basketball season.” The statement also said that “Danjel is happy with the decision and excited for next season.”
“We worked diligently with the NCAA on behalf of both our student-athletes who were ineligible this season,” Auburn president Steven Leath said in a statement. “The process was arduous, but it was important that we do everything we could to put Danjel Purifoy and Austin Wiley in the best position to resume their Auburn basketball careers. We’re happy for them and their teammates and coaches.”
Purifoy sat out the entire 2017-18 season for Auburn basketball due to his family’s connection to a federal complaint that led to the firing of former assistant coach Chuck Person. Purifoy and Austin Wiley, who was cleared to play the entire 2o18-19 season in January, did not play a single minute for the regular-season SEC champions.
Purfioy averaged 11.5 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.4 steals during his redshirt freshman season in 2016-17. The 6-foot-8 native of Centreville, Ala., started 25 games, mainly as the Tigers’ power forward.
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