The North Carolina State Wolfpack are going to have to replace all five starters from this past season after news surfaced that freshman guard Rodney Purvis has made the decision to transfer from the university.
According to the Joe Giglio of the Charlotte Observer, the school is expected to offer a formal announcement later in the afternoon on Monday.
Rodney Purvis has decided to transfer from N.C. State, the school is expected to make the announcement this afternoon
— Joe Giglio (@jwgiglio) April 1, 2013
Purvis was a one-time Louisville commit, but made the decision to change things up in favor of his hometown Wolfpack. Purvis, a Raleigh, North Carolina-native, will now look elsewhere after just one season at North Carolina State.
This past season, Purvis started at the team’s shooting guard position, teaming up in the back court with Lorenzo Brown. Purvis averaged 8.3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. Both Brown and C.J. Leslie are headed to the NBA Draft, while seniors Scott Wood and Richard Howell will be graduating.
According to CBSSports.com‘ Jeff Goodman, UConn could be an option for Purvis, although other schools are also likely to surface.
Expect UConn to be in the mix for Rodney Purvis, sources told CBSSports.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanCBS) April 1, 2013
With the loss of Purvis, North Carolina State now faces the daunting task of replacing 61.1 points of offensive production off this year’s team. The Wolfpack were a virtual disappointment after beginning the season at No. 6 in the AP preseason poll.
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