Bobbie Purify, former Eureka High and College of the Redwoods basketball player, signed a letter of commitment to head to Belmont to join Notre Dame de Namur’s program in the fall.
Purify, a kinesiology major, said NDNU’s kinesiology program along with the opportunity to keep playing the game she loves made the decision a clear one.
“I had offers from some out of state schools but I wanted to be able to continue in my major,” she said. “I think NDNU is a good fit for me.”
The versatile guard led Redwoods in scoring each of the last two seasons, averaging 13.3 points-per-game during the 2018-19 season while shooting 42.9 percent from the field. Redwoods went 7-16 overall and 2-8 in the Golden Valley Conference last season.
Purify, a beloved local player who has played in just about every venue the county has to offer — from Ross Park to Lumberjack Arena — graduated from Eureka High in 2016 and went to Oregon Institute of Technology. Purify found herself not quite ready to play at the level OIT demanded and returned to her home town to play at Redwoods, where she had an opportunity to play in front of her friends and family for another two years.
She said it was an absolutely necessary part of her development.
“I was built on speed coming out of high school, but my IQ for the game just wasn’t there when I went (to OIT),” she said. “I had to play community college basketball to really develop the other parts of my games, my IQ and all that. And it was great just having all the support of everyone who would come out and watch … I’ll definitely miss it.”
Purify will join a Norte Dame de Namur team coming off a 9-17 run last season and an 8-14 mark in the Pacific West Conference.