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Ballers dish on moves they love the most

2/17/2012

Rodney Purvis didn’t hesitate at all when asked what he loved most about Valentine’s Day.

“It’s my birthday,” said Purvis, a senior shooting guard at Upper Room Christian Academy. “So those two combined are always fun.”

It wasn’t as easy for Purvis when he had to name what basketball move he loved the most.

“That’s tough,” Purvis said.

Makes sense with the wide array of dazzling juke moves in his offensive arsenal.

Here’s what Purvis and other elite players settled on as the one move they love to burn the defense with.

Kris Jenkins

Gonzaga College (Washington, D.C.), 2013, PF

College: Undecided

The move that I love the most is…

“The one-dribble pull-up. I love that move because the shot always feels so good when it leaves my hands after I do that. That is the move that typically works for me.”

L.J. Rose

Westbury Christian (Houston), 2012, PG

College: Baylor

The move that I love the most is…

“Either the spin move or the hesitation move because it keeps the defender on his heels and it keeps him guessing.”

Rasheed Sulaimon

Strake Jesuit (Houston), 2012, SG

College: Duke

The move that I love the most is…

“The hesitation pull-up jump shot. I picked it up from watching Tracy McGrady. I love this move because, basically, it’s never failed me. You can create space between you and your defender or rise over them and shoot. Another reason is because it’s got so many counters so you really can’t guard it. But I’ll stop talking now because I can’t be giving out all my counters.”

Rodney Purvis

Upper Room Christian Academy (Raleigh, N.C.), 2012, SG

College: N.C. State

The move that I love the most is…

“The basic right to left crossover because it allows me to get enough space to pull-up. I may have to use that one on Valentine’s Day.”

Nerlens Noel

Tilton School (Tilton, N.H.), 2012, C

College: Undecided

The move that I love the most is…

“My under-the-legs crossover because it creates a lot of space to get to the rim so I can put someone in a body bag with a dunk.”

Jason Jordan is the basketball editor for ESPNHS. He can be reached at jason.x.jordan.-ND@espn.com. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter: @JayJayESPN.