Auburn University picked up their most recent basketball commitment from way down under.
The Tigers received their second commitment in the 2014 class from forward Jack Purchase. Due to Purchase being from Australia, he is not listed among the major recruiting sites here in the States. Purchase commits to the Tigers only five days after officially visiting the school. The commitment was first reported by AuburnSports.com and AuburnUndercover.com
Back home in the land down under, Purchase played for the Melbourne Tigers of Victoria, Australia. The 6-foot-10 forward prospect was the most valuable player of the 2012 Grand Final of the U-23 league. During the tournament, he averaged 21.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and five assists per game. He also hit an astonishing 47 percent from 3-point range.
Purchase also competed for the Australian U-17 squad during the World Championships. The Australian team received the silver medal in the international battle.
It’s very rare for overseas prospects to really make a huge splash in college basketball. Along with Ben Simmons and Dante Exum, Purchase can be one of those guys that can burst on the scene for Auburn head basketball coach Tony Barbee.
Even though he was listed as a center in Australia, Purchase never really takes any inside shots. He played in systems that would use him to stretch the defense with his ability to shoot the 3-point shot. His profile as a player is a very interesting mix of size and shooting ability. On defense, he will be able to use that size to grab tough rebounds and he is a capable passer.
Along with Purchase, the Tigers added a commitment from three-star prospect Sam Longwood a day later. Purchase and Longwood are the only players currently committed to the Tigers for the 2014 class.
Brian Lewis is an SEC Basketball Writer for RantSports.com. You can add him to your network on Google for more of his work.