The first shoe has dropped. Rodney Purvis is leaving NC State. Via his twitter account, he said, “Tears won’t stop falling. I enjoyed every moment here. I still love you guys, no matter how you may feel about me.”
And Wolfpack coach Mark Gottfried tweeted his thanks “and we wish him well in his future endeavors.”
The other shoe is where Purvis will go. UConn was among the finalists before he chose to stay close to home and go to NC State. At one time, he had committed to Louisville.
Purvis, though, had some academic issues that had him ineligible for a time, so UConn would have to examine that carefully. He was a starter most of this past season for NC State, averaging 8.3 points per game, but his role diminished later on.
If Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright return to UConn, and there is cautious optimism that they will, the Huskies won’t really need an impact guard for next season. If Purvis were to transfer to UConn, he would have to sit out a year, and then be ready to roll when UConn will need guards in 2014. So a transfer, like Purvis, could be an ideal fit.
It’s an exciting possibility, but take note, it’s only a possibility at this point. One thing is certain: with the high number of transfers in this day and age, that has to be a significant part of the recruiting picture and it will be for UConn. There figure to be many more, too, to consider in the coming weeks.