As first reported by ESPN’s Andy Katz, freshman guard Rodney Purvis has been cleared by the NCAA and will be eligible to play in the upcoming season for North Carolina State.
This is huge news for the Wolfpack who, as I wrote 12 days ago, are a potential Final Four team. However, head coach Mark Gottfried’s team would have been very thin at the shooting guard position without Purvis.
“We’re a guy short,” Gottfried said to Katz before the ruling was announced. “We only have nine scholarship guys with Rodney, and then without him we’re down to eight.”
Gottfried may have understated how important Purvis will be to the team this upcoming season. Purvis complements Lorenzo Brown very well in the backcourt and Scott Wood on the wing. Wood is a sharpshooter and Purvis will provide a quick slasher to the lineup.
Purvis, who is ranked 20th in the class of 2012 by ESPN, is also the only scholarship player on the roster whose ideal position is shooting guard. Fellow incoming freshman Tyler Lewis gives even more added depth in the Wolfpack back court. Lewis was widely regarded as a top-50 recruit during his time at the high school level.
With Purvis, North Carolina State, who is fresh off an appearance in the Sweet 16, has all the makings of taking over the crown in the ACC.
The NCAA has had plenty of coaches holding their breath for positive eligibility rulings. It seems as though Gottfried can now catch his.