Rodney Purvis will not be able to play for UConn for another year and a half. But he will have a chance to play some competitive basketball. He has accepted an invitation to attend the training camp for Team USA Under-19 as it preps for the World Championships.
Purvis, from Raleigh, N.C., will be one of 24 top players from around the country vying for 12 spots when camp begins in Colorado Springs on June 14. The 12 will be selected by June 19, and train in Washington, D.C. through June 22. The FIBA World Championships will be played in Prague, Czech Republic from June 27 to July 7.
Purvis, the 6-4 guard, was a McDonald’s All-American who chose NC State over UConn in the summer of 2011, but transferred to UConn this past April. He has been on campus taking classes the last two weeks, and will have to sit out next year.
Florida coach Billy Donovan will be the head coach of Team USA, with Tony Bennett of Virginia and Shaka Smart of Virginia Commonwealth assiting. The player selections will be made by the 2013-2016 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee, which is chaired by Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim.
Purvis was a member of the 2012 U18 USA National Team that won the gold medal at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship and qualified the U.S. team for the FIBA U19 World Championship.
The other players invited to the Team USA Camp:
Besides Purvis, the rest of the invited players include: Ryan Arcidiacono (Villanova University/Langhorne, Pa.); Bryce Alford (La Cueva H.S./Albuquerque, N.M.); Brandon Ashley (University of Arizona/San Francisco, Calif.); Robert Carter (Georgia Tech/Thomasville, Ga.); Damyean Dotson (University of Oregon/Houston, Texas); Kris Dunn (Providence College/Oakdale, Conn.); Javan Felix (University of Texas/New Orleans, La.); Michael Frazier (University of Florida/Tampa, Fla.); Marcus Georges-Hunt (Georgia Tech/College Park, Ga.); Shaq Goodwin (University of Memphis/Atlanta, Ga.); Aaron Gordon (Archbishop Mitty H.S./San Jose, Calif.); Jerami Grant (Syracuse University/Bowie, Md.); Montrezl Harrell (University of Louisville/Tarboro, N.C.); Rondaé Hollis-Jefferson (Chester H.S./Chester, Pa.); Jahlil Okafor (Whitney Young H.S./Chicago, Ill.); James Robinson (University of Pittsburgh/Mitchellville, Md.); Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State University/Flower Mound, Texas); Jarnell Stokes (University of Tennessee/Memphis, Tenn.); Rasheed Sulaimon (Duke University/Houston, Texas); Devin Thomas (Wake Forest University/Harrisburg, Pa.); Mike Tobey (University of Virginia/Monroe, N.Y.); Nigel Williams-Goss (Findlay Prep/Happy Valley, Ore.); and Justise Winslow (St. Johns H.S./Houston, Texas).