September 30, 2011
Any shred of mystery remaining in highly touted combo guard Rodney Purvis' recruitment vanished Friday afternoon when the Raleigh native opened his press conference with the words, "There's no place like home."
Yes, as expected, the five-star recruit says he'll attend hometown NC State next season, quite a coup for new coach Mark Gottfried and his staff. Purvis chose the Wolfpack over Connecticut, Memphis and Ohio State, among others.
Landing Purvis will bolster an NC State backcourt that took a major hit last spring when Ryan Harrow transferred to Kentucky after just one season in the program. Purvis, Rivals.com's No. 6 recruit in the Class 0f 2012, isn't the distributor Harrow is, but he has shown a knack for being able to blow by his defenders off the dribble and finish at the rim using superior athleticism and strength.
The news conference on Friday seemingly ends a bizarre recruitment featuring numerous twists for Wolfpack fans eager to land the hometown star.
Purvis originally reclassified from the class of 2013 to 2012 and committed to Louisville last spring only to reopen his recruitment in May soon after Louisville assistant Tim Fuller left for Missouri. Then just when it seemed Purvis was set to decide between NC State, Missouri and Duke this summer, the point guard threw another curve ball and expanded the list of schools he was considering to seven. And finally, instead of allowing the recruiting process to drag into the spring, Purvis made a surprise announcement last week that he was ready to declare his choice.
NC State should be glad he did because it helps Gottfried regain the momentum he lost when previous top recruit, shooting guard Torian Graham, decommitted. The Wolfpack now have Purvis and point guard Tyler Lewis committed and can focus their energy on trying to getting another North Carolina native, forward T.J. Warren, to join them.