NC State’s Purvis announces transfer to UConn

Just four days after he was granted release from NC State, former McDonald’s All-American Rodney Purvis announced Friday he will transfer to UConn, according to a report by the Raleigh News & Observer.

Purvis, a 6-foot-3 guard who was named the 2012 Gatorade State Player of the Year in his native North Carolina, was a top-15 recruit out of Upper Room Christian Academy. After withdrawing commitment to Louisville in May 2011, he chose NC State over UConn that September.

“I really trust (UConn coach Kevin) Ollie,” Purvis said in the report. “They have a great tradition of producing NBA guards and that’s where I want to be someday.”

The rumors started swirling almost immediately after Purvis’ transfer was made public that the Huskies would again be in the mix. On his Twitter account Friday afternoon, Purvis posted: “Feeling Husky!!!!!!”

By rule, Purvis will have to sit out the 2013-14 season (barring a waiver). In 2012-13, he started 23 games but saw his minutes dwindle late in the season. Purvis averaged 8.3 points per game, 2.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists and shot 39 percent from three-point range.

There is no news to report on the Shabazz Napier front today.