NCAA Basketball

Rodney Purvis: No Spain Trip as NCAA Reviews N.C. State Guard’s Eligibility

Incoming freshman Rodney Purvis is undoubtedly an important piece to this season’s North Carolina State squad.

One of the top incoming guards in the nation, Purvis is part of a three-man, freshmen class that looks to integrate themselves with a strong mix of returning veterans in 2012-13.

On Saturday, news broke that Purvis would miss the Wolfpack’s summer trip to Spain, while the NCAA continues to review his eligibility status.

The 6-foot-4 guard will not accompany the team during their exhibition trip. Ironically enough, the team is set to leave this weekend, giving the Wolfpack very little notice of this adjustment.

A former McDonald’s All-American, Purvis attended Upper Room Christian Academy (NC) and the Eligibility Center has listed Purvis’ case as “under extended review” because he was part of the school’s first graduating class.

A one-time Louisville commit, Purvis retracted his verbal to the Cardinals and reopened his commitment, ultimately settling with the hometown Wolfpack. Joining Purvis in Raleigh this upcoming season is fellow top-100 prospects Tyler Lewis and T.J. Warren.

Led in large part by the return of C.J. Leslie and the health of Lorenzo Brown, N.C. State has high expectations looking ahead to 2012-13. Head coach Mark Gottfried, who is now entering his second season in Raleigh, has a squad that should certainly challenge the likes of North Carolina and Duke atop the ACC.

North Carolina State advanced to the Sweet 16 this past spring, falling to eventual national runner-up, Kansas.


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