Rodney Purvis, freshman at N.C. State, is transferring this offseason as part of a mass exodus from Mark Gottfried’s Wolfpack squad. Purvis, who averaged 8.3 points in his debut season, is likely trying to find somewhere that’ll give him more minutes, after he saw his playing time drop at the end of the season, according to the Charlotte Observer.
Why is this relevant to us? Because before he committed to N.C. State, he considered Kentucky, and actually committed to Louisville. Now, with his recruitment essentially open again, one of the top point guards from the graduating class of 2012 is once again available. In case you’d forgotten, this is what the McDonald’s All-American can do:
What are the chances he actually ends up in Kentucky? In a different year, I’d say pretty high. It’s clear that both teams wanted him as a high schooler, and even though he didn’t average a ton of points in his freshman year, he could still be a valuable asset to either squad. This year, though, it might be a little unlikely. Both teams are in a position that makes a Purvis commit a little bit of a stretch.
First, Louisville is moving to the ACC after this season, leaving the Titanic-esque Big East on one of the few lifeboats available (making them among the women & children category). Schools often, for whatever reason, prohibit their athletes from transferring to a school in the same conference, because apparently they can do that sort of crap. Seems like an abuse of power, but whatever. It’s unlikely that N.C. State will want to let one of their more touted players defect to a school that’s going to come into the league and compete for conference championships.
Secondly, while there’s no such limitation on letting Purvis transfer to Kentucky, with the influx of talent coming in next season, it’s doubtful that Purvis would want to play here. Granted, the transfer rules say he would have to sit out a year anyway, and he would be primed for a 2014-15 campaign, but with the current scholarship crunch, and with possibly up to two more Cats yet to sign, would Purvis want to pay for his own school for a year while waiting for room? Probably not.
So while both Kentucky schools recruited the elite shooting guard, we might have to watch him go somewhere else. There’s still a slim chance for UK, though, so Rodney, if you want it, it’ll be here for you.