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Could the Commonwealth See a Familiar Face Next Season?


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.

Article written by Corey Nichols

53 Comments for Could the Commonwealth See a Familiar Face Next Season?

  1. Hello
    9:04 am April 2, 2013 Permalink


  2. cracka
    9:05 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    purvis > hawkins for 2014

  3. Hello
    9:09 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    another classic Corey post…ask a question then end up with a definitive “no chance”; this is great, though provoking topics corey…here are some ideas for future posts like this:

    Is the Earth flat?
    Could the University of Kentucky relocate to Paducah?
    Is John Calapari an alien?
    Will I ever get some pootie tang?

  4. jay
    9:10 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    I say that there is still room. If wiggins comes and we give hawkins a scholey, there are still changes that could result in an open scholey.. polson’s, hood’s, etc, and if alex and noel go…

  5. MJ4UK
    9:11 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Please….No more transfers from NC State. Don’t care how good he’s supposed to be.

  6. The stopper
    9:14 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    This guy is a head case… no way will he get minutes from what is coming in..

  7. Dii
    9:16 am April 2, 2013 Permalink


  8. BigBlue1976
    9:18 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    No more NC St. transfers! Thank you.

  9. asdf
    9:18 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    With maybe 8 guys going pro, it would be good to have a PG waiting for the next season. It might help us get out of this “great season, down season” habit we have going on.

  10. Just saying
    9:19 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    He will go to UL! They’re losing Siva, smith, and like wont get Ware back until next year. They were relying on WAre, and Purvis was a UL commit. He goes to UL, no question

  11. MJ4UK
    9:22 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    9…Didn’t work out so well this year did it??

  12. Huh?
    9:22 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    You refer to him as both a “top point guard” and “elite shooting guard” in the matter of a few paragraphs.

  13. jq
    9:24 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Hell NO, NO MORE NCSTATE WANNABES the last one is now headed to GEORGIA STATE! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

  14. W.W.B.B.N.D?
    9:24 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    If he is having trouble getting playing time at N.C. State why would UK want him?

  15. MJ4UK
    9:26 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    #14…….Hit the nail on the head!

  16. Yo...
    9:26 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    They won’t let him transfer within the conference. Not saying he will come to UK, but I doubt NC state will let him go to UL. I agree with the no more NC state transfers. Harrow was supposed to be the savior coming into this season, but we see how that worked out.

  17. TN Cat
    9:28 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Something smells rotten in the city of Raleigh.

  18. Rixter
    9:30 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    # 10, Louisville has a juco point guard coming in next year (Chris Jones), Pitino says he’s the best player to ever dribble a basketball (stop me if you’ve heard this before)……

  19. House Lannister
    9:30 am April 2, 2013 Permalink


    Also, why did you link a high school mix tape? He played in college.


  20. Juan4UK
    9:35 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Tyus Jones.
    Purvis very well may be a chemistry issue. His farewell comments on twitter suggest as much.

  21. RahRah
    9:35 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    “If you want it, it’ll be here for you.” Really? Is that the official word on this guy? Coach has offered him? You make it sound like it’s completely up to Purvis. Can’t imagine wanting this guy this season, but okay.

  22. asdf
    9:36 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Just because Ryan Harrow was a head case doesn’t mean this guy will be. Julius Mays once played for NC State also, and he turned out fine.

  23. UKnowMe
    9:40 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Does he have a husky voice?

  24. BigBlue
    9:43 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    No thanks.

    9:49 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    If he can’t keep Mark Gottfried happy enough to maintain playing time at NC ST as the season matured then he is definitely going to be in the Calipari doghouse from day one.

    Point guards at UK have to average over 5 assists a game and have a confidence that is as thick as a brick (backed by game for days)

    We have a great PG coming with a backup in Polson. We do need to have some 3 & 4 year players sitting in the wings and with Hollow transferring it might be a good idea to bring someone in. Yet, it’s likely with the talent we’ll have next season our need for ball handlers could be a thing of the past (for a season).

  26. Wall2Cousins
    9:51 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    THE LAST THING we need is another PG from NC State….no [email protected]!

  27. Duuuuuude
    9:52 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    I say he goes to U of L. He sounds like a U of L love child between Rodney McCray and Purvis Ellison.

  28. Michael F. Jox
    9:55 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    I haven’t heard anything in a while about coach O and him possibly taking the HC job that was offered to him. Anyone have anything?

  29. Cotton Mash
    9:56 am April 2, 2013 Permalink


  30. Austin
    9:56 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    HE should go to Oklahoma State. Seems to be similar to the Marcus Smart kid they had this year.

  31. Biglaw Dawgin'
    9:58 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    I think it all depends on if Wiggins comes or not. If no Wiggins, then we’ll be starting 1. Harrison, 2. Harrison, and 3. Wiltjer with only 1 backup for all 3 players: James Young. So, if no Wiggins, there will be some minutes there, but if Wiggins comes it doesn’t make sense.

  32. Just saying
    9:59 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    #18. And Siva was better than wall, and Mara is the best shooter in the history of the game, LOL. I feel for the Juco kid, it usually takes pitino 2-3 years to break a player down for a some what productive senior year (Sosa, Siva, etc), this kid won’t have enough time to recover

  33. Wall2Cousins
    9:59 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    31 ahahaha Wiltjer at the 3???? get the f k outta here with that chit…..ahahha moron

  34. TN Cat
    10:01 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Hasn’t Cal said before that he doesn’t normally take transfers? If he recruited you before and you decided to go somewhere else then why do you want to come here now?

  35. mafia
    10:01 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Who are you people? Purvis is no PG. He is more of an undersized shooting guard with better handles. He would definitely perform well in UK’s offensive system because he has a great mid-range game and is decent from 3-point range. You have to ignore the assist-to-turnover type statistics because he did not play PG for the Wolfpack. All you need to know is that he shot 44% from the floor and 38+% from 3. If he wants to come to UK, he will get an offer.

  36. Matt
    10:02 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    31. He would have to sit out this year anyway so it doesn’t matter.

  37. ksu
    10:04 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    HELL NO!!!!

  38. habit?
    10:05 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    9) Do you really think we have a “great season, bad season” habit?? Seriously?? We’ve had 4 seasons now. An elite 8, a final 4, a national championship, and 1 bad season. Relax, chicken little, the sky is not falling every other year.

  39. Bird in Kentucky
    10:07 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    If he isn’t playing there why would UK want him?

  40. asdf
    10:10 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    38, But 2011 looked a lot like last year until the last couple weeks of February and then March. So for most of that season, it was a major down year.

  41. Austin
    10:14 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    The only thing people are missing here is that Louisville isnt going to the ACC until 2 years. They are still stuck in the Big East for one more year (or whatever they are gonna call the conference) thus removing NC State’s power of prohibiting him from going there. I think he ends up at Louisville an tries to get eligibility to play next season.

  42. mafia
    10:17 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    39, He played 25 minutes per game, so it’s not like he wasn’t playing. The problem is that the NC State offense is an offense built around forwards. If you aren’t a true PG, or if you are playing behind a veteran PG, you are not going to have a significant role in that offense. He is a capable scorer, but he was a true freshman playing guard in a forward/center oriented offense. That system is just not a good fit for him.

  43. just sayin
    10:17 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    @3, You cant prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Cal isn’t an alien. also, i think its “poon tang”. pootie tang says, “I’m going to sine your pitty on the runny kine!”

  44. UKBlue1!
    10:19 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    I hate UL. I hope he goes there.

  45. mike
    10:24 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    HE’S NOT A PG AND HAS NEVER BEEN A PG. He is a pure 2. Why do you all keep writing that he is a pg.

  46. bj
    10:31 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    1 – Won’t count against next year’s 13 scholly limit if he’s sitting out. Post says the opposite.
    2 – At PG Mudiay will likely be the starter in ’14-’15. How can this not be mentioned?
    3 – Purvis will not play much PG at UK. He played a lot of SG this year. Lorenzo Brown played point. Brown likely going to the NBA this year and Purvis is still leaving. He’s not going to play PG there either.

  47. CTheTerminatorK23
    10:53 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Matt forgot to Mention that Pervis is UK commit Julius Randle’s Best Friend UK?

  48. niaps
    11:11 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Wait didn’t we have a flunky from NC St on here last year year, do we want another?

  49. bil
    11:35 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    I would think that since he committed to UL first he would go there now if Pitino wanted him.

  50. theSkinny81
    11:43 am April 2, 2013 Permalink

    $5 says that if Purvis DOES transfer to Louisville and has any kind of success, some of the posters here who didn’t want him will criticize Cal for not taking him.

    I trust our coach.

  51. habit?
    2:00 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    40) I don’t care how you slice it, a final four is NOT a bad year. We had some bad losses away from Rupp that year, but never lost a home game. Plus we beat UL at Louisville. We lost two home games this year and lost in the 1st round of the NIT. The two seasons don’t compare.

  52. Tooblueforyou
    2:24 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    No thanks, wish him well but would rather see tyus jones or Emmanuel mudiay than purvis

  53. Bob Stoops
    2:44 pm April 2, 2013 Permalink

    Rodney, I’ve watched film of you on the court, and I think you could make the transition to football easily. How does being a high impact WR in the SEC sound while you sit out a basketball season?