UVa Basketball Recruiting Notes

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2013 guard Rodney Purvis , one of only a few rising sophomores at last week’s NBAPA Top 100, has earned an offer from the University of Virginia. Read more on Purvis as well as the latest on a pair of 2011 point guards and North Carolina star rising junior Tyler Lewis in this latest edition of “Notes.”

Virginia offers rising sophomore guard Rodney Purvis

Rodney Purvis

Upper Room (Raleigh, N.C.) guard Rodney Purvis made a splash for the class of 2013 at last week’s NBAPA Top 100 Camp, averaging 11.5 points per game in six appearances. The scoring performance was twelfth best at the camp, in which only four rising sophomores were invited.

Throughout this spring, Purvis, a 6-2, 175-pound combo guard, has shown well in AAU competition and camps, so last week’s performance was not a surprise.

“My high school season, people were just hearing things, but once the AAU circuit got rolling people got to see what other people were talking about,” Purvis said.

Purvis averaged 28 points, seven rebounds and five assists as a freshman. He considers himself a combo guard but says college coaches project him to play the point on the next level.

“I like to get to the rim and create for my teammates to score,” Purvis said. “Coaches like my size and strength, quickness and things like that.”

Major D1 coaches are well aware of Purvis’ talents. In fact, last week was a pretty successful week for the young guard. He picked up offers from Virginia and Virginia Tech to go along with offers from Baylor, Georgia Tech, VCU, Wake Forest and Xavier. Purvis has not taken a thorough visit of Virginia, but he was able to see the John Paul Jones Arena at the NBAPA Top 100. He has also spoken with head coach Tony Bennett.