Game time set for 2 p.m. CT inside Bartow Arena
2011-12 basketball team hopes to carry momentum from last season's title run
Junior Season (2012-13)
Ranked second in Conference USA in free throw percentage (88.8 percent) ... averaged 7.7 points per game during the 2012-13 season ... scored nine points, including going 6-for-6 at the foul line, in the final 44 seconds in a road victory at Tulane (2/27) ... was nearly perfect from the floor vs. Rice (2/16) making 7-of-8 shots en route to 19 pts ... scored in double figures 11 times including 15 points vs. Marshall (2/9) ... posted double-digit scoring outings in five straight games from Dec. 5-29 ... recorded 17 pts including 6-for-6 at the line vs. Northeastern ... hit a 3-pointer to beat the halftime buzzer vs. NU... scored a career-high 20 points, 15 in the second half, at Rutgers ... made 43-of-46 foul shots at home and started 31-of-31 at the charity stripe in Bartow Arena on the season ... made 30 consecutive free throws overall before going 5-for-6 at Southern Miss (1/19).
Sophomore Season (2011-12)
Competed in all 31 contests making 21 starts ... averaged 8.6 points per game ... finished second on team and sixth in Conference USA in three-point field goal percentage (37.4) ... finished fifth in the conference from behind the arc in league games only (40.7) ... scored double figures in 12 games on the year, including nine of UAB's last 12 contests, averaging 11.5 ppg over the stretch ... went for a career high 19 points and tied career-best with five treys in win over Tulane (2/18) ... had 18 points, 15 of which came in the second half, on 7-of-11 shooting from the floor and 4-of-7 from beyond the arc in the win at Rice (1/18) ... had career highs of five three pointers made and four assists on his way to a game-high 17 points against East Carolina (1/28) ... finished with 15 points vs. Houston (2/1) and at East Carolina (2/25) ... had 12 points including the game-winning basket in the win at UTEP (2/4) ... collected 12 points on 3-of-5 shooting from the floor, including a career-best five free throws made (5-of-5) in the win over MTSU (12/7).
Freshman Season (2010-11)
Had a solid season in his first year for the Green and Gold ... appeared in all 31 contests, making two starts ... averaged 3.9 points and 1.5 rebounds in 12.4 minutes a game ... over UAB's last six contests, he contributed 6.8 points a game, while shooting 42 percent from beyond the arc ... named C-USA Freshman of the Week after performance at Houston (2/26), collecting a career-best 17 points off the bench in the win ... connected on 6-of-9 shots from the floor and 3-of-6 from beyond the arc vs. the Cougars ... hit arguably the biggest basket of the season - a game-winning three-pointer with 4.1 seconds left to capture one-point win at Southern Miss (3/2) as UAB clinched at least a share of C-USA regular season title ... recorded 13 points off the bench at Tulsa (1/15), including hitting all three of his treys ... collected 11 points and three boards in the win over UCF (2/19) ... made first career start at ECU (1/17) and responded with seven points ... finished the season leading the squad in three-point field goal percentage (.426) and was fourth in field goal percentage (.468) ... hit a game-tying three-pointer in third overtime to set up UAB's game-winning shot in the triple overtime win vs. UTEP (1/8).
Four-year letterwinner at Conway High School ... named the Arkansas Gatorade Player of the Year following his senior season, as he led Conway HS to a 27-2 record and the 7A state championship ... scored 25 points and grabbed seven boards in the Wampus Cats' win over Fayetteville in the state finals ... led all scorers with 27 points at the Demetrious Johnson Charitable Foundation All-Star Game ... played with fellow UAB freshman Quincy Taylor in the event ... earned his third straight all-state honor following the 2009-10 season after averaging 15.8 points 5.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game ... considered a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and was ranked as the No. 47 small forward in the ESPN.com national rankings ... also rated by the The Arkansas Hoop Report as the No. 2 prospect out of the state's 2010 basketball class .. as a junior, Purifoy averaged 13.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game, despite playing with an injury for most of the year ... over his last three seasons, Purifoy led Conway HS to a combined record of 71-16 ... maintained an grade point average of 3.4 ... also had interest from Tulsa, Ole Miss, SMU and Drake.
Preston Purifoy was born Jan. 16, 1992 in Conway, Ark. ... parents are Hesterly and Linzy Purifoy ... academic major is communication management ... has one sister - Shanika.