RALEIGH, N.C. -- Rodney Purvis’ smile said it all.
He’d never envisioned himself going through a long, drawn out recruitment process and Purvis, a senior combo guard at Upper Room Christian Academy (Raleigh, N.C.), certainly isn’t the type of player who craves the massive attention a “where will he go” storyline inevitably brings.
So it makes sense that Purvis’ relief was visible when he grabbed the microphone inside of URCA’s gym Friday afternoon and told a crowd of more than 200 that he would indeed be sticking around Raleigh to attend North Carolina State.
“I’m gonna be part of the Wolfpack family,” said Purvis, who averaged 27 points, six rebounds and six assists per game last season for Upper Room. “It’s just such a relief to have this over with for good. It’s been such a long process, but in the end it’s been worth it. I feel the most comfortable at State with Coach (Mark) Gottfried and the players really want me there. Plus, it’s home and the fans here are great. I’m really looking forward to helping to turn things around and bringing some excitement back to State.”
Purvis, who is ranked No. 16 in the ESPNU 100, committed to the Wolfpack over offers from Ohio State, Connecticut, Memphis and North Carolina Central. He initially committed to Louisville last December, but decided to reopen his recruitment in early May after assistant coach Tim Fuller, Purvis’ primary recruiter and friend at Louisville, left to take an assistant job at Missouri.
Purvis said that the new conference realignment, which will eventually bring Pittsburgh and Syracuse to the ACC, factored in “heavily” to his decision.
“How could it not?” said Purvis, who added that he plans to sign during the NCAA’s early signing period in November. “I mean the ACC was already one of the top conferences in the country, but with Pitt and Syracuse I think it’s hands down the best basketball conference out there. That was really attractive to me because I want to play against the best.”
Purvis also wants to play with the best, and with Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) point guard Tyler Lewis already in the Wolfpack’s 2012 recruiting haul, Purvis said that he has his sights set on Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.) swingman T.J. Warren and Edisto (Cordova, S.C.) forward Brice Johnson.
“Now that I’m committed, I’m really gonna work hard to get Brice and T.J.,” Purvis said. “That’s my goal, and I feel like I’ve got a good shot with them. For now, I’m just happy to be part of the Wolfpack family.”