Fast forward to the present, and Purvis, who plays for Upper Room Christian Academy in Raleigh, N.C., is Scout.com top-ranked player in the class of 2013, and already has offers from several schools, among them Maryland, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Baylor.
Purvis has been turning heads for a while, but started dropping jaws this summer with his play, demonstrating an uncanny knack to get to the rim and a ferocity in finishing, mixed in with the ability to create for his teammates and to break any defenders ankles.
Purvis has spoken to assistant coach Bino Ranson about the Terps, and it was Ranson who offered Purvis a scholarship.
I only talked to (Ranson) and it was very brief, Purvis said. He was just telling me that Ive got to come up. He told me that I have a scholarship, and that hed like to see me in a Maryland uniform one day.
Purvis said he hasnt even talked to his parents about choosing a college yet, but he does have some basic criteria for schools he would choose.
I want to be able for my mom to come up to my games, he said. I want to be kind of close to home, but its really not a big factor. I want to have a good relationship with the coach, I like the colleges with a nice environment, and a fan base is very important also.
Purvis said he wants to improve his jump shot and increase the efficiency in his game, which he likens to his favorite current NBA player, Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat.
You know, (Wade)s just one of those guys thats just attack, attack, said Purvis. Hes just non-stop like no matter what. Hes real tough and hes my favorite player, and thats who I try to base my game off of.
Even though he didnt picture it as a little kid, Rodney Purvis immediate future is basketball, and coaches nationwide are taking note.
At first, growing up, I never used to be all that good at ball, he said, but now the college coaches are offering me scholarships and things. You know, its nice, but it doesnt really go to my head at all.