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Rodney Purvis: Duke, N.C. State sit atop the list

Posted on: June 15, 2011 3:41 pm
By Jeff Goodman

Rodney Purvis has been busy since his de-commitment from Louisville last month.

The top-ranked shooting guard in the Class of 2012 spent last weekend at the Chris Paul Camp and followed it up with an unofficial visit to Missouri – where ex-Louisville assistant Tim Fuller is now on staff.

Purvis will also head to the NBA Camp this week and plans to attend LeBron James’ Skills Academy in early July.

``If Tim Fuller had stayed at Louisville, I’d still be committed,” the 6-foot-3 guard admitted.

Purvis said that he is in the process of compiling a definitive list, but he did admit that two schools that stand at the top right now are Duke and N.C. State.

``Those are probably the two that have been on me the hardest,” he said.

Purvis also told recently that Kentucky, Louisville and Memphis comprised the remainder of his top five.

Since: Jun 17, 2011
Posted on: June 17, 2011 4:36 pm

Rodney Purvis: Duke, N.C. State sit atop the list

Hey everybody! This guy DEFINITELY isn't super insecure about NC State not being as good of a program as Duke and UNC!!!!!

Since: Sep 29, 2009
Posted on: June 17, 2011 4:10 pm

Rodney Purvis: Duke, N.C. State sit atop the list

Wait, what? N.C. State is going head-to-head with Duke for a player in the 919 area code?!?

How is that possible? We all know that no school in Duke and Carolina's backyard can compete toe-to-toe with them on the recruiting trail. It's impossible, yet there he is, listing them as one of his two leaders. Bizarre.

I mean, yeah, sure, they got two other once-in-a-lifetime commitments from the 2012 class...5-star PG Tyler Lewis from Leesville High in Raleigh, and 5-star guard Torian Graham of Raleigh. I'll give you that.

But beyond Lewis, Graham and Purvis, State can't possibly land any MORE of the top high school talent located at schools under the vast, imposing shadow Duke and Carolina cast across the Triangle area.

Well, ok, CJ Leslie was from Raleigh, too. Crap.

ALRIGHT, beyond THOSE FOUR, State's got no shot at Triangle talent.

I imagine once this anomaly on the recruiting trail passes, they'll be forced to go out of state for talent since the Triangle and surrounding areas will be a recruiting wasteland (on account, of course, that Duke and Carolina stock their rosters entirely of NC players).

But convincing any 4 and 5-star players--i.e. guys on a comparable talent level of like a Lorenzo Brown or a Ryan Harrow or a Richard Howell or a DeShawn Painter or a J.J. know, guys in a similar fashion to those players who would've never gone to a school like State in a million, that's some tough sledding. Players of that caliber don't want anything to do with facing Carolina and Duke three or sometimes even four times a year.

(Edit: I meant to say "combined," as in they would face Duke and Carolina 3 or maybe 4 times a year COMBINED. Which is, like, almost 9% of the year's other words, a large enough chunk to scare away elite talent who typically are afraid of facing the best-of-the-best.)

I don't envy those State coaches at ALL. Godspeed, Gottfried. (But congrats on the top-1o recruiting class.)

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