Rodney Purvis is one of the best high school basketball players in the Class of 2012. He made an unofficial visit to Storrs last Friday, and according to the Hartford Courant's Dom Amore, "People around the team feel like it went well, but I couldn't get much of a read on where he might be leaning."
Well, no need to speculate, because a week later, Purvis held an afternoon press conference at his high school to announce where he will be taking his talents next season.
"I want to thank all the schools that recruited me, Purvis began. "After many conversations and prayers with the Lord, I came to the conclusion that there's no place like home … And with that being said, I'll be joining Tyler Lewis, a.k.a. White Chocolate and the NC State Wolfpack."
UConn, along with Missouri, Ohio State, Memphis and NC State were among Purvis' final choices.
According to the ESPN.com scouting report, Purvis, 6-4, 185, "is impossible to keep out of the lane at times" and "his quickness, strength, size and solid handle allow him to get where ever he wants on the court, whenever he wants." His range is "respectable" to 15 feet, though he is a solid rebounder.
The bottom line: "Purvis is a wing scorer that can get to the rim from anywhere on the floor and finish through contact. He is aggressive and plays in attack mode on both ends. He also has very good all around skill in the areas of ball handling and passing."
Purvis originally committed to Louisville, then de-committed after assistant coach Tim Fuller left the staff.
You can never have too many athletic wing players, but the Huskies will be okay without Purvis. There's freshman DeAndre Daniels and 2012 recruit Omar Calhoun, not to mention sophomore Roscoe Smith. And, of course, the best big man in the country: freshman Andre Drummond.