On the day of their first NCAA Tournament game in over two years, when all the talk is about UConn’s game with the 10th-seeded St. Joseph’s Hawks in the NCAA Tournament, there’s also some talk surrounding the Connecticut Huskies‘ future once standout guard Shabazz Napier is gone. Tonight the senior will look to further cement his place in UConn lore as the 7th-seeded Huskies and Hawks face off in beautiful Buffalo.
Anticipation is high for the game but may be even more heightened for the arrival (well, he’s been on campus for a year) of North Carolina State transfer Rodney Purvis, who himself admitted he’s (im)patiently awaiting the next game in Storrs.
Next game played at Gampel, I'll be playing. Sounds unreal but God helped me make it thru. Now it's time to put in more work !
— Rodney Purvis (@rpurvis44) March 18, 2014
Purvis, a 6-foot-3 guard, was highly touted coming out of Upper Room Christian Academy in Raleigh and chose to attend NC State over Connecticut. He was the sixth-ranked shooting guard in the 2012 class, according to Scout.com and was described as a “high-level scorer,” something the Huskies will need next year once Napier and his 17+ points per game have moved on. Head coach Kevin Ollie is surely glad Purvis chose to come to Storrs (again) — he initially recruited him as former coach Jim Calhoun‘s assistant.
In 2012-13, Purvis showed flashes of brilliance scoring the ball for the Wolfpack despite averaging just 8.3 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. He had 12 double-digit scoring games and shot over 44 percent from the floor for an NC State team led offensively by C.J. Leslie and Lorenzo Brown. The Pack also had a freshman named T.J. Warren, who eventually took over for Purvis in the starting lineup late in the season.
Like many of us, Purvis will be watching his future team on television as NCAA rules prohibit him from traveling on the road but he’s got to be excited at the prospects of next season, even without Napier, who he’ll likely replace in the starting lineup.
Once eligible, Purvis will have three years of eligibility remaining.
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