"It's Great For The Program"

NC State signees Rodney Purvis, Tyler Lewis, and T.J. Warren give their reactions to being named 2012 McDonald's All-Americans.

NC State signees Rodney Purvis, Tyler Lewis, and T.J. Warren were named McDonald's All-Americans today by the selection committee at 5:00 pm on ESPNU.

Rodney Purvis, a 6-foot-4 combo guard at Raleigh (NC) Upper Room Christian Academy, is rated the No. 17 recruit in the 2012 class by Scout.com. He picked the Wolfpack over Duke, Missouri, and UCONN among others.

"It means a lot to me to make the game," said Purvis. "When you think of the tradition of the game and the past players who have participated, just knowing that I will be a part of that tradition means so much.

"Not many high school players get to play in the McDonald's game, so I know being selected is a blessing for me."

T.J. Warren, a 6-foot-8 forward at Brewster (NH) Academy, is ranked No. 25 in Scout's latest rankings. He chose State over North Carolina, Florida, and Georgetown among others.

"It's a dream come true," said Warren. "I've been working hard to get to this point ever since last year when I had my coming-out party.

"It was a personal goal for me because I knew if I made this game I would be on the right track to preparing myself to play on the next level. I'm blessed with the opportunity to play in this game."

The Pack's other selection, Mouth of Wilson (VA) Oak Hill point guard Tyler Lewis, is rated No. 45 in the class by Scout.com. Lewis was the Wolfpack's first verbal in the 2012 class.

"It's a major honor to be selected to play in the game," Lewis stated. "This is something I have dreamed about ever since I was little. Every year I set goals for myself and this year's goals were to win a national championship and to make the McDonald's game and the Jordan game.

"When I found out I was going to be selected to play in the game, I've never been so excited because I knew one of my goals had been reached."

Both Purvis and Warren are regarded as five-star prospects by Scout.com, and Lewis is listed as a four-star recruit.

This is the first time NC State has had three signees participate in the same McDonald's All-American Game. The previous high for the Wolfpack was two in 1979 (Sidney Lowe and Derek Whittenburg) and 1987 (Chris Corchiani and Rodney Monroe).

The last McDonald's All-American to sign with NC State was C.J. Leslie in 2010.

"It's a huge accomplishment that all three of us were picked to play in the game," said Lewis. "That is the first time in NC State history so we have a lot to look forward to.

"Rodney and T.J. are both exceptional players who have had tremendous years."

"It's a privilege to be re-united with those guys," Warren stated. "It's great for the program. It's going to let everyone know that we're serious about what we are trying to do at NC State."

"It's great that we are all going to play in the game," added Purvis. "It will be our first chance to all play together on the same team, and I'm hoping we can can start to build some chemistry heading into college."

All three players were selected to play on the East squad.

NC State 2012 target Amile Jefferson also made the team. The 6-foot-9 forward is believed to be leaning to Duke and NC State right now and is a Top 25 recruit.

Jefferson will be playing with State's three signees on the East team.

This year's game will be held at the United Center in Chicago (Ill.) on March 28th.


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