Friday, April 5, 2013

Rodney Purvis Transferring to UConn

Rodney Purvis nearly committed to UConn about 18 months ago, but instead chose to attend his hometown North Carolina State.

Now, Purvis really will be a Husky.

The 6-foot-3 guard announced via Twitter on Friday that he’ll be transferring to UConn.

“I really trust Coach (Kevin) Ollie,” he told the Raleigh News & Observer. “They have a great tradition of producing NBA guards, and that’s where I want to be someday.”

Purvis will have to sit out the 2013-14 season per NCAA transfer rules.

A McDonald’s All-American from Raleigh, N.C., Purvis averaged 8.3 points and 2.4 rebounds this past season at NC State. He started 23 games and averaged 25.5 minutes per game. Purvis scored seven points in 32 minutes off the bench in the Wolfpack’s 69-65 win over UConn in a Jimmy V Classic game on Dec. 4 at Madison Square Garden.

Purvis was down to UConn and NC State back in September, 2011, after making an official visit to Storrs. Omar Calhoun, who just completed his freshman season at UConn, tried to persuade Purvis to join him as a Husky. But two weeks later, Purvis elected to stay closer to home. However, it seems there were some issues of playing time for Purvis as a freshman under head coach Mark Gottfried.

How Purvis's transfer affects UConn's relationship with 2014 guards who it has been recruiting remains to be seen.

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