Purvis praises Louisville visit

Rodney Purvis of Raleigh (NC) Upper Room Christian Academy is the second five-star 2012 guard in the last two weeks to give high marks to his visit to Louisville. Purvis, one of the top point guard prospects nationally, made an unofficial visit to UofL this week and had nothing but praise for Rick Pitino's program.

Rodney Purvis of Raleigh (NC) Upper Room Christian Academy is the second five-star 2012 guard - the other Gary Harris of Fischers, Indiana - in the last two weeks to give high marks to his visit to Louisville.

Purvis, one of the top point guard prospects nationally, made an unofficial visit to UofL Sunday and Monday and had nothing but praise for Rick Pitino's program.

"It was a 10. It went good," Purvis said of his visit. "I got to see the new arena and talk to the coaches. So it was a lot of fun. The arena was amazing. There's a lot of time and money in that place but it's worth it."


While in town, Purvis saw Louisville demolish Chattanooga 106-65 in the second game of the Global Sports Shootout. The athletic 6-2, 170-pound guard also spoke with Pitino about how he fits into the Cardinals future plans.

"It was a great conversation," Purvis said. "I was honored to be in his presence. The conversations were all about how we can develop a better relationship and how much he wants to see me in a Louisville Cardinal jersey. I didn't really have any questions I just wanted to see how things were for myself. They pretty much answered all the questions."

Purvis devoted considerable attention to watching how Pitino ran his program and interacted with Louisville's players.

"I paid a lot of attention to Coach Pitino and how his players react to him," Purvis said. "He seems like a really good guy. His team pushes the ball up the court and he lets his point guard create for himself or his teammates and that's my style of play."

Purvis, who recently reclassified to the 2012 class, compared his visit to Louisville with recent trips to Xavier and Duke.

"With the new arena I think Louisville has the edge over the last couple of schools I visited, [namely] Xavier," Purvis said. "Louisville stands pretty high [on the list]. I've just got to gain a little better relationship with the coaches and just see how everything falls into place."

Pitino made clear to Purvis while he was on campus that he's one of the Cardinals top recruiting targets. Pitino has charged assistant Tim Fuller with trying to lure Purvis to the UofL campus.

"He told me I'm the only one at my position that they're going after," Purvis said. "He told Coach Fuller to go out and get him a big guard who can make plays and I guess I'm the guy that they chose."

Purvis spent most of his time on campus with sophomore starters Rakeem Buckles and Peyton Siva and junior center Terrence Jennings. "I asked them different things about the school and how Coach Pitino is because I've heard a lot of different things about him. After seeing for myself I think he's really a good coach and good guy," Purvis said. "I also went to class with Rakeem Buckles and that's how we gained a little bit of a relationship."

Since returning home to North Carolina, Purvis has spoken with Shabazz Muhammad, a five-star 2012 forward who will visit Louisville this weekend. Muhammad and Purvis have talked about attending the same school.

"I told him I really enjoyed myself and he's going there this weekend," Purvis said. "So I hope he enjoys himself too."

Purvis, whose team is off to a 6-2 start this season, said he's probably done visiting schools for a while so that he can focus on his junior season.


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