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Hawaii lands Auburn transfer Jack Purchase


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.

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