NC State's Purvis transferring to UConn
Posted April 5, 2013
Updated April 6, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — NC State freshman guard Rodney Purvis told WRAL Friday he will transfer to play at the University of Connecticut. Purvis announced Monday that he planned to transfer from NC State.
The school granted Purvis a release to transfer to any school outside the Atlantic Coast Conference except Missouri and Cincinnati, which the program plans to add to its nonconference schedule. The ACC ban includes eventual new arrivals Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame and Louisville.
"I have enjoyed every moment of my time here at N.C. State," Purvis said in a statement released by the school Monday. "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."
After committing to NC State out of Raleigh Upper Room the freshman averaged 8.3 points and 25.5 minutes per game in 35 games played during the 2012-13 season. Purvis, who started 23 of his first 25 games, lost his starting spot and saw his playing time diminish over the course of the season as freshman guard TJ Warren's playing time increased.
Purvis is the fifth player to transfer under the Mark Gottfried era. He leave the squad with seniors Scott Wood, Richard Howell and Jay Lewis and juniors CJ Leslie and Lorenzo Brown who have declared for the NBA draft.