NC State's Purvis to transfer
Posted April 1, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — 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.