Purvis Named Jordan Classic MVP

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Rodney Purvis entered his last high school game with a certain confidence. He walked out of the game with co-MVP honors.

After scoring a game-high 22 points (10-13 shooting, 2-5 from the free-throw line) at the Jordan Brand Classic on Saturday, the 6-foot-4 guard from Raleigh was named the MVP of the East team - Shabazz Muhammad garnished the award for the West.

"It was great for my family to come up here and have the opportunity to see me," Rodney Purvis said. "I think the game was really good. We had a lot of fun out there."

Both teams battled back and forth before the West came out with a 99-95 win.

"We fought back and made it a good game," he said. "We lost a little a little energy coming out after halftime, but we were about to battle back. Hopefully, we made the fans happy."

Purvis and Muhammad both know that playing this well against the nation's best will only help motivate them for when they become collegiate athletes.

"It was a huge confidence boost knowing this was my last high school basketball game," said Purvis. "Going into college, this will give me a lot of confidence. A lot of guys just fade away, and I'm definitely not trying to let that happen to me.

"In college, everybody is as fast as you and jumps as high as you. So, you just have to do the little things that put you above everybody else."

In a sloppy game that featured a total of 48 turnovers (to only 29 assists), Purvis knows he could've taken better care of the ball than he did, but he was also able to come away with three steals, two rebounds and one assist.

"It was a huge honor (to play in the game). Every time I woke up this morning this morning, I just thanked God for giving me the opportunity to be here."

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