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NC State's Purvis to transfer

Posted April 1, 2013

— Where freshman Rodney Purvis will play basketball next has not been revealed, but it the school confirmed Monday that it will not be for the North Carolina State Wolfpack.

Purvis asked for and has been granted permission to leave Raleigh according to a release from the university. As part of his release, Purvis will not be able to transfer to any other ACC institution, including new members Notre Dame, Louisville, Pittsburgh and Syracuse, as well as the University of Missouri and Cincinnati, which are planned to be on the institution's upcoming non-conference schedule.

“I have enjoyed every moment of my time here at NC State,” said Purvis in a statement. “All of the people involved with the program have been great. However, I feel like it’s time for me to make a fresh start, step outside of my comfort zone and continue my career in a new environment.”

Purvis also took to twitter Monday saying, “Tears won't stop falling. I enjoyed every moment here. I still love you guys, no matter how you may feel towards me. Thank y'all !”

The 6-foot-3 guard from Upper Room Christian Academy started 23 games for the Wolfpack last season after being held out early in the year while an academic issue was cleared by the NCAA. He averaged 8.3 points per game in over 25 minutes per contest.

“Rodney was instrumental in our run to the NCAA Tournament this season,” said head coach Mark Gottfried. “We appreciate his contributions and wish him the very best in his future.”

Purvis’ announcement came roughly four hours after forward Calvin Leslie announced that he would forego his senior season to enter the NBA Draft. Fellow guard Lorenzo Brown also announced last week that he will skip his final year of eligibility to turn pro.

With the departure of Purvis, the Wolfpack will lose each of their top-five starters from this past season. Following the exodus, the lone player left on the roster to have started more than two games last season is freshman TJ Warren, and the only player still on the roster from the Sweet 16 team is Jordan Vandenberg who sat out as a redshirt.

“Sad day for me especially. Losing a friend/teammate like@rpurvis_0 is never easy. I love you man. #foe better things in the future for you,” NC State freshman Tyler Lewis said on twitter roughly nine minutes after Purvis’ declaration. “Wherever my boy Rodney goes. He is going to destroy. Mark my word. Never doubt RP.”

NC State has seen nine premature departures to their basketball program since 2010. Brown, Purvis and Leslie were joined in 2012-13 by Thomas de Thaey who cited family reasons in leaving mid-season. Prior to this year, forwards Tyler Harris and DeShawn Painter as well as guards Jaqawn Raymond, Ryan Harrow and Julius Mays all left the program.

Before changing his mind to attend NC State, the McDonald's All-American Purvis had committed to Louisville out of high school. 

"Good luck to my good friend and team mate @rpurvis_0 he is family regardless," said Vandenberg on twitter Monday.

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  • scousler Apr 5, 12:13 p.m.

    Purvis will be excellent in leading ECu to another CIT championship...meanwhile I'm sure NCSU can dredge up another player, with questionable academic credentials, to fill his role ...eating humble pie, after another loss to Carolina.

  • PackFan1983 Apr 3, 8:42 p.m.

    Why is everyone here assuming Purvis decision to transfer was of his own accord? How do you know it was not a recommendation from the coaching staff because of his prior attitude and expectations? Maybe Gott said "you're not what we are looking for at this time anymore -- probably better to move on."

  • ChuckD Apr 3, 11:53 a.m.

    Would not trade States problems for the bucket of problems in Chapel Hill. The only person not... View More

    — Posted by batcave

    Uh...they do not have 4 Mickey D's coming in. They have 1.

    — Posted by ChuckD

    State has the #9 recruiting class coming in, you are the one that might want to double check you... View More

    — Posted by rherring23

    The only FACT I presented was that NCSuckU does not have 4 Mickey D's coming in this year. You only have one.

    NCSuckU only has 3 commits. You surely understand the mathmatical quandry this places on the assertion by original post.

    Your comment about the ranking of NCSuckU incoming class was irrelevant to the conversation.

    Your reading comprehension would rank very low on the WJIII test.

    Please feel free to peruse the link to help validate my FACT!!!

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1588549-mcdonalds-all-american-game-roster-2013-roster-breakdown-and-stars-to-watch

  • CAROLINA43 Apr 3, 9:53 a.m.

    Who ranks recruiting classes and who cares? Unless it GUARANTEES a national championship, it really doesn't mean a whole lot; you still have to lace 'em up and go play.

  • rherring23 Apr 2, 9:01 p.m.

    Would not trade States problems for the bucket of problems in Chapel Hill. The only person not... View More

    — Posted by batcave

    Uh...they do not have 4 Mickey D's coming in. They have 1.

    — Posted by ChuckD

    State has the #9 recruiting class coming in, you are the one that might want to double check your facts.

  • rherring23 Apr 2, 8:56 p.m.

    What planet is batcave living on? 4 McD's? Dude it takes a couple clicks of the button to... View More

    — Posted by Glory

    Fizzled? NCAA appearance for the second straight year after not making it for 6 years. If that is a fizzle, we'll take it. Purvis does have great potential, but he also seems to have an attitude which is the thing that hurt State more than anything this year. He also played out of control a lot this year and that is why he went from a starter to the bench. Team chemistry was the biggest problem for State a lot this year and if his attitude isn't right, State will be better off without him as a team. He is definitely looking a lot like Harrow. Warren is the player that State can't afford to lose at this point and he was pretty good this year so I think he will be much better next year. State will be thin inside next year, but that's no difference than this year. Turner coming in will make up for some of their loses inside and if the other players coming in have a good attitude the chemistry will be better and State will be a better team. People can talk about how much trouble State is in, but they haven't lost a game next year yet. Another top 10 recruiting class coming in with the addition of Turner, if the chemistry is right, the talent is there and sooner or later if you keep getting top recruiting classes, you will get a team that has chemistry. The only ones that think State is in trouble are UNC fans and a few delusional State fans. The rest of us are happy with the progress of this team and look forward to next year. State will be as good if not better. So they don't have a lot of big men, but they do have some good guards. UNC is big at the beginning of the season, how did that work out? Looks like they did better with a small line up. State's guards are all good and highly recruited. You might want to wait and see what UNC has coming back next year, State will be okay, if UNC loses 1-2 of their good players they are in trouble.

  • rherring23 Apr 2, 8:34 p.m.

    Just dont understand. The kid will be starting again next year!! heard Harrow was transferring... View More

    — Posted by Toddler10-21

    Would not have started next year. He does have great potential, but Lewis and Barber will probably be the starting guards.

  • tim17 Apr 2, 3:17 p.m.

    Tekmafia, Check out Rival.com you are full of it. He wants to be point guard because he believes that is where his pro potential is.

  • tekmafia Apr 2, 1:02 p.m.

    He would have been a back up to Barber, the number 1 point guard in nation coming in.

    — Posted by tim17

    False, Kasey Hill, Andrew Harrison, Nigel Williams-Goss, Demetrius Jackson, and Rysheed Jackson are all ranked higher. Oh, and how would he be the backup to a PG when he is a SG? Do you know anything?

  • Ven Apr 2, 12:39 p.m.

    A top talent leaving isn't a big deal - happens all the time at other programs, State has just not had a lot of experience at it, that's all (I'm a State fan btw). More will come and more will leave, everyone just stay calm.

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