A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
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THE WINNER: Rodney Purvis
School: Upper Room Christian Academy (Raleigh, N.C.)
Weight: 190 pounds
Athletic achievement: Purvis led the Eagles to a 24-16 record and the Greater Carolina High School Athletic Association championship this past season. Named GCHSAA Most Valuable Player, he scored 24 points in the 85-61, title-clinching victory against Quality Education Academy (Winston-Salem, N.C.). A McDonald’s All-American and Jordan Brand Classic selection, Purvis averaged 26.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game. An invitee to the LeBron James Skills Academy, Adidas Nations Camp and National Basketball Players Association Top 100 Camp, he led the CP3 All-Stars to the semifinals of the Amateur Athletic Union 17U Division I National Championships this past summer.
Academic excellence: Purvis has maintained a 3.29 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina and as a motivational speaker to youth student-athletes.
“Rodney Purvis is very explosive and attacks the basket with so much force,” said Isaac Pitts, head coach at Quality Education Academy. “Yet, he’s always in complete control of his body, and his demeanor on the court never changes regardless of the circumstances. We all know of his greatness as a player, but I believe he’s an even better person.”
THE FUTURE: Purvis has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at North Carolina State University this fall.