Auburn's Bruce Pearl signs prep prospects Purifoy, Williams


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AUBURN, Alabama — Auburn coach Bruce Pearl has landed two high school players to start the early signing period.

The Tigers announced the signing of 6-foot-7 small forward Danjel Purifoy from Centreville, Alabama and California guard New Williams on Wednesday.

Purifoy is rated a four-star prospect by recruiting services and the 48th-rated player overall by 247sports. He now plays at Hargrave Military Academy after averaging 17.7 points and 6.1 rebounds per game as a junior.

Williams is a 6-2 guard from Santa Monica. He's also rated as a four-star prospect by several recruiting services.

Williams missed his junior year with a knee injury. Pearl calls him "one of the most athletic guards on the West coast."

Pearl says if Williams hadn't been injured he would have been heavily recruited by Pacific-12 Conference schools.

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