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InsideMDSports.com had a chance to catch up with 2015 small forward Danjel Purifoy, the four-star prospect who has Maryland on top of his college list, at the Kevin Durant Skills Academy last weekend in Washington.
Purifoy, who arrived at the event Saturday, didn't have a chance to play much after bumping knees with another player shortly after he took to the court. He sat out all Saturday, but had turned heads the previous week at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, Va.
"I showed scouts I'm really competitive," he recalled. "I can play. I'm a coachable kid. Whatever you tell me to do, I'll do. My biggest strength is my defense."
In addition to Maryland, 247Sports' 42nd-ranked player is being courted by Auburn, Michigan, Wichita State and Georgia. But Maryland continues to stand out the most.
"Every day, [assistant] coach [Cliff] Warren calls my coach ... and I talk to him," Purifoy said. "He's telling me the same things the players are saying. They hope I can get up there, look at the campus, go around and see the school and see how it is."
Those players are Trayvon Reed and Robert Carter, who both played Amateur Athletic Union basketball for Under Armour's ATL Xpress, for which Purifoy now plays. Reed, who was considered the top prospect in Alabama in the class of 2014 — a title Purifoy holds for 2015 — is the main reason for the rising senior's high interest in the Terps.
"That's how I heard about them," he said of Reed. "He said it's a good school and I need to come up there soon, so I can see him work out and things like that."
Purifoy went on a visit to Auburn last Wednesday, which he called "great," but didn't have time to visit College Park during his brief stay last weekend. He'll be a lot closer to the campus this high school season; he will be attending Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia, about a four-hour drive from his potential future home.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun