Jack Purchase said he was very close to making a decision following his official visit to Auburn last weekend.
He wasn’t kidding.
The small forward from Carey Grammar in Melbourne, Australia committed to Auburn Thursday, becoming the Tigers second pickup in the 2014 class.
"I got home and spoke to mum and people at home and it was all praise for Auburn so in the end it was an easy decision," Purchase said. "While I was there I loved it and it felt like it was the place for me.
"...To finally commit, I can relax now and focus on getting my body and basketball ready for the next level."
Purchase grew up wanting to play college basketball in the U.S. His father joined him on the visit to Auburn and both reported back to his mother and sisters.
"Mum and dad will miss me I'm sure but I don't think they will miss how much they have to pay for food when i'm gone," Purchase said. "But they are happy for me and the decision I have made and are very excited for me."
Purchase, 6-foot-8 and 198 pounds, was also being recruited by St. Mary’s and Boise State. He played on the Melbourne Tigers Under 23 team the past two years and is playing on the Senior team this year.
Last year, he was MVP of Under 23 League averaging 21.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.0 blocks per game. He shot 43.8 percent from the field and 47.8 percent from 3-point range.
Purchase got to know many of his future Auburn teammates during the visit.
"Everyone was very welcoming and it seemed like they were all great mates and got along really well. They were all a bunch of great blokes," Purchase said.
Purchase was recruited to Auburn by assistant coach Ryan Miller.
"He was great," Purchase said. "Everything he did impressed me and dad and he made it easier for us to feel comfortable at Auburn from the very start."
Small forward Sam Logwood from La Lumiere School in La Porte, Ind., committed to Auburn Sunday following his official visit. Logwood was also recruited by Miller.
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