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Report: Rodney Purvis to transfer from NC State

Apr 1, 2013, 2:51 PM EDT

Mark Gottfried Rodney Purvis AP

According to Joe Giglio, an NC State beat-writer, Rodney Purvis will announce that he is transferring out of NC State this afternoon, the ninth player to transfer out of the program since 2010.

Purvis started 23 of the first 25 games for the Wolfpack, but he was demoted to the bench for the last 10. On the season, the former five-star recruit averaged 8.3 points and 2.4 assists. He’ll have to sit out a year, unless he can find a way to convince the NCAA he deserves a transfer, but UConn is one of the places where his name has popped up.

Now the question becomes just what is left at NC State, other than Mark Gottfried. CJ Leslie and Lorenzo Brown have both gone pro. Scott Wood and Richard Howell will both graduate. Purvis is transferring. That’s the entire starting lineup from this past season.

Tyler Lewis returns, as does TJ Warren, and NC State brings in a promising three-man recruiting class of point guard Cat Barber and big men BeeJay Anya and Kyle Washington. But the Wolfpack won’t be all that deep, and they certainly won’t be projected to be a top ten team as they were this season.

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  1. ultichiva - Apr 1, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    What a quitter!

  2. imforbigblue - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    NCST where 5 star players go to fail lol

  3. lundy337 - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    imforbigblue, you really have no clue and your memory is short apparently too.

    Maybe you should recall some blue history of 4/5-star players like Larry Drew II, very much like Purvis in size and skill getting shown the door at u*nc. Drew was a a bench rider and then Roy recruited over him with Marshall before he got any significant playing time. But I guess that’s only okay at cheater blue chip programs.
    Ironic how a “blue-chip” program fan likes to call out other programs for doing the same thing that they do all the time.

    With Lewis being the better natural PG and Barber coming in too, Purvis knew his PG playing time would have been non-existant. The only way Purvis makes it to the NBA at 6’3″ is likely as a PG. Sitting out a year may force him to develop some D, ability to make free throws and gimme layups and maybe even an outside shot. Pretty much all requirements to be a NBA PG, which at the moment he doesn’t have. Still a poor decision to transfer if you ask me, but if it improves the rumored cohesiveness of team chemistry, then don’t let the door hit ya!

    Seems like Drew did okay this year at UCLA. I guess guys that have some talent and are willing to work hard but need some actual coaching to be properly developed should forget about going to unc-cheat.

    BTW, Purvis would have been a natural fit at u*nc I guess as the possible rumored academic issues of his transfer wouldn’t have been a problem at u*nc. He no doubt would have gotten all A’s and never would have had to attend an actual class at u*nc-CHeat.

    I hope Purvis does okay in the end, but I suspect he’ll be riding a bench 2-years from now same as he was at State unless he commits to lots of work and improvement.

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