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Cougars Add DeeJuan Pruitt

Cougars Add DeeJuan Pruitt

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE men's basketball has added another piece to its roster for next season as DeeJuan Pruitt (Sacramento, Calif.) has agreed to join the Cougars for the 2021-22 season.

"DeeJuan brings a combination of skill, athleticism and physicality to our team," SIUE Head Coach Brian Barone said. "He can score with his back to the basket and finish above the rim with power. DeeJuan also has perimeter skill which allows him to stretch the court. In DeeJuan, we are adding another dynamic defender that can switch and also protect the rim. DeeJuan will continue to add to the culture of this program and our overall 'Find A Way' mindset. We are excited to have him join the Cougar family."

Pruitt is a 6-foot, 8-inch, 210-pound forward who played one season at Butler Community College in El Dorado, Kansas. He will have four years of eligibility at SIUE.

"I thank God for giving me the opportunity to play at the next level," Pruitt said. "I chose SIUE because I believe in the culture and system they have there. I also believe in the players and coaching staff who are fully invested. I will be joining a family and it is bigger than basketball, it's about a 'Find A Way' mentality. During my recruiting process Coach Barone emphasized that he would coach me to be the best I can be in all aspects on and off the floor. Having a coach who will push and motivate me every day will elevate my game to another level and allow me to impact this program tremendously."

At Butler, Pruitt was third on the team in scoring at 13.5 points per game, while leading the team in rebounding at 7.3 rebounds per contest.

"The coaching staff at SIUE got a tremendous talent in DJ Pruitt," Butler Head Coach Kyle Fisher added. "DJ is a big, physical presence with a great skill set and a very high ceiling. He has a chance to be a great player in the OVC. He can play around the basket and is skilled enough to score from the perimeter. He improved a great deal over the past eight months and will continue to do so. He has a very bright future at SIUE."

Pruitt played in 22 games for the Grizzlies, while making 21 starts as a freshman. He connected on 53 percent (107-201) of his shots from the field. He also was an 82-percent shooter at the free throw line where he knocked down 71-87 attempts. Pruitt also blocked a team-high 15 shots for Butler. He earned second team All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference honors following the season.

Pruitt joins previously announced members of the incoming class, Shaun Doss Jr., Jonathan Kurtas and Zane Butler, who joined the Cougars last semester.



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