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Rodney Purvis to Miss UConn Opener

Purvis sat out last season after transferring from NC State.



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    Redshirt sophomore and NC State transfer Rodney Purvis won't play in UConn's season opener Friday against Bryant University, the school announced Thursday.

    The one-game suspension stems from Purvis playing in more than one league this summer, which is prohibited under NCAA rules.

    "Working with the NCAA, the university determined that the single game in which he played in the second league necessitated the one-game penalty," UConn said in a statement.

    Purvis will be eligible to play following the game against Bryant.

    After sitting out last season, the NC State transfer admitted last week that he was nervous in his exhibition debut.

    "I felt really amped up," he said, via the Connecticut Post. "I kind of wasn't relaxed like I normally am, but I haven't played a game in a year. I'm not making excuses or anything. I'll get better. ... I just need to get back used to it. I practice a lot but there's nothing like the game. I just have to get back into the gym like I'll do tonight or tomorrow night."

    Coach Kevin Ollie seemed unconcerned about Purvis' offensive output and was more focused on what he brings to the floor defensively.

    "We want Rodney to play at a Level Five defensively," Ollie said. "And bring energy and his shots will come. That's what we are coaching. We aren't worried about anybody's shots right now. The one thing we are worried about is bringing energy."

    And Purvis will get that chance when the Huskies competed in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off Tournament, which begins Nov. 20.