Jack Purchase, the native of Australia, has transferred to Hawaii, the university announced on Sunday afternoon.
The 6-foot-9 forward becomes the third addition for first-year head coach Eran Ganot since taking over the program in April. Purchase will have to sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer rules and will have three years of eligibility remaining.
“We are fired up to welcome Jack to the Rainbow Warrior basketball family,” Ganot said in a statement. “Jack is well regarded for his high skill set and tremendous basketball IQ, particularly at his size. He and his terrific family are a great fit for our program, this university, and the islands. It’s no secret that Australia is a place we would like to target and for Jack to start us off there is a real shot in the arm. He comes from the very highly respected Melbourne Tigers program, where his father, Nigel, played professionally.”
Purchase was recruited by former Auburn head coach Tony Barbee. In his lone season at Auburn, Purchase played in a limited role, appearing in only seven games for new head coach Bruce Pearl. He decided to transfer in late May.
Last summer, Purchase played in the FIBA U17 World Championships for an Australian team that won the silver medal.
He joins junior college point guard Bryce Canda and former Arizona State Sai Tummala as newest additions to the Hawaii program.
Auburn is losing the last recruit of the Tony Barbee era as freshman forward Jack Purchase, a native of Australia, will transfer, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com.
The 6-foot-8 Purchase didn’t make much of an impact during his only season as a Tiger, as he played 91 total minutes and scored nine points. Purchase shot 21 percent from the field on the season and 13 of his 14 field goal attempts were from 3-point territory. A member of the silver-medal winning U17 Australian FIBA World Championship team, Purchase never found his footing with Auburn and will have a chance to find a better spot to continue his career.
The loss of Purchase now gives Auburn another scholarship to work with in recruiting this summer.
Last week, the Auburn Tigers added Indiana-native Sam Logwood
as the first commitment to it’s 2014 class, but late this week they added a second member of the 2014 class by nabbing Australia-native and wing shooter Jack Purchase.
Purchase, a 6’9″ forward, took an official visit to Auburn with Logwood last weekend and the duo now forms the start of head coach Tony Barbee’s latest class.
Purchase played for the Melbourne Tigers last season and averaged 21.3 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.8 assists and hit 47.8 percent of his three-pointers. While it’s hard to gauge how good the competition is for those kinds of numbers, 47 percent from three-point range is impressive no matter how you cut it, especially for a 6’9″ forward. Purchase has also competed for the Australian U17 National team.
The son of former Australian NBL player Nigel Purchase, Jack is one of a few Australians — along with Dante Exum
and Ben Simmons
— that could make a splash in the American college basketball scene in the next few seasons.
Here’s some video of Auburn’s newest recruit. Purchase is wearing No. 20 in the video.