Former McDonald’s All-American Rodney Purvis will transfer to UConn from NC State, according to a report by CBS Sports’ Jeff Borzello.
The 6-3 guard averaged 8.3 points in 25 minutes per game as a freshman in Raleigh this season. NC State was projected as a top-5 preseason team, but failed to live up to expectations and earned just an 8-seed in the NCAA Tournament.
They were bounced by Temple in the Round of 64.
Purvis, who is from Raleigh, chose his hometown NC State over Connecticut last season, when he was billed as one of the top recruits in the nation. He will be eligible to play in 2014-15.
The Huskies will lose Shabazz Napier to graduation after next season, and Purvis could theoretically fill his void in the backcourt in 2014-15, when Ryan Boatright will be a senior and Omar Calhoun a junior.
Purvis said that he needed “a fresh start” and to “step outside of my comfort zone.” On Friday, he tweeted: “feeling Husky!!!!!!”
By transferring, Purvis could become the first McDonald’s All-American to play at Connecticut since Jim Calhoun left.
UConn will again be eligible for the NCAA Tournament next season. They will compete in the newly-named American Athletic Conference alongside Cincinnati, Central Florida, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, SMU, South Florida, Temple, Tulane, and Tulsa.
The Huskies will open next season with a game against Maryland at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.