N.C. State Freshman Rodney Purvis Cleared to Attend Class; Eligibility Remains Under Review

By Paul Seaver

Earlier this month, North Carolina State freshman guard Rodney Purvis was disallowed from joining the team on their foreign exhibition trip to Spain.

Now, almost three weeks later, Purvis’ eligibility status remains up in the air, although some good news surfaced on Tuesday morning.

Purvis, a 6-foot-4 guard, was cleared to enroll and begin classes at N.C. State, which does move the Raleigh-native one step closer to being able to play.

However, Purvis remains ineligible for the time being and there is no set schedule for when the team will find out if and when their star freshman will be able to play this season.

The whole issue surrounding Purvis is not so much related to his academic work, but that of the school in which he graduated from. Upper Room Christian Academy (NC) added high school level courses in 2009, a year in which Purvis enrolled as a freshman. Therefore, Purvis was part of the school’s first graduating class, which is what the NCAA continues to look into as the status of the investigation continues to be labeled as “under review.”

Purvis tweeted out his thoughts on being cleared to play Tuesday morning, saying: [blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/rpurvis_0/status/237922306901553152″]


North Carolina State began classes last week, so Purvis will not be too far behind due to the clearance to enroll this week.

Purvis is one of the top guards and prospects from the class of 2012 and the jewel piece of the Wolfpack’s freshman class. He was a one-time Louisville commit before re-opening his recruitment and eventually selecting N.C. State.


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