NC State's Purvis plans to transfer
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP)
North Carolina State freshman guard Rodney Purvis said Monday he plans to transfer.
The school has granted Purvis a release to transfer to any school outside the Atlantic Coast Conference except Missouri and Cincinnati, which the program plans to add to its nonconference schedule. The ACC ban includes eventual new arrivals Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame and Louisville.
''I have enjoyed every moment of my time here at N.C. State,'' Purvis said in a statement released by the school. ''All of the people involved with the program have been great. However, I feel like it's time for me to make a fresh start, step outside of my comfort zone and continue my career in a new environment.''
''Rodney was instrumental in our run to the NCAA tournament this season,'' coach Mark Gottfried said in a statement. ''We appreciate his contributions and wish him the very best in his future.''
The hometown guard who played at Raleigh Upper Room was one of three McDonald's All-Americans to join the Wolfpack this season. He averaged 8.3 points and started 23 of the first 25 games, though his minutes fell off when the Wolfpack elevated freshman forward T.J. Warren into the starting lineup to give the team some size and rebounding.
After averaging about 29 minutes through the first 25 games, Purvis scored a total of 12 points and averaged just 12.8 minutes in his final four games - three coming in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament and the last in the loss to Temple in the Wolfpack's NCAA tournament opener. That included a scoreless performance in just 9 minutes against Virginia in the ACC quarterfinals.
Purvis' departure would be another blow in a turnover-filled offseason for the Wolfpack, who fell far short of expectations that had N.C. State entering the year as the ACC favorite and with a No. 6 national ranking. N.C. State already knew it was losing seniors Richard Howell and Scott Wood, then Leslie and Brown announced their expected early jumps to the NBA.
Purvis is the fifth player to transfer from N.C. State since coach Mark Gottfried took over two years ago, while a sixth player - Thomas de Thaey - quit the team in November to return to his native Belgium.
Purvis also told Wolfpack fans farewell on Twitter.
''Tears won't stop falling,'' Purvis tweeted Monday afternoon. ''I enjoyed every moment here. I still love you guys, no matter how you may feel towards me. Thank y'all!''