"It's a great opportunity," said Purvis. "I wanted to come out here and play my game to the point where I would make the team and I'm excited about doing that.
"I just really thank God for giving me a chance to play with this team and represent USA in Brazil. Practices were tough, having to adjust to the altitude, but I'm glad I made the team."
USA held nine training selections to pick the 12-man roster, which was chosen by head coach Billy Donovan and assistants Shaka Smart and Mark Few. The roster features a few future ACC opponents of Purvis, including: Duke signee Rasheed Sulaimon, Syracuse signee Jerami Grant, Maryland signee Jake Layman, Pittsburgh signee James Robinson, and UNC verbal commitment Nate Britt.
However, they are all teammates for the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, which is being held in Sao Sebastiao do Paraiso, Brazil, June 16-20.
"Honestly, we're all cool," said Purvis. "We all get along. I have my DC guys here in Jerami and James, and I'm real cool with Sam Dekker, who is going to Wisconsin. Also, Julius Randle is here too, and he's like my little brother."
Julius Randle, one of the top prospects in the 2013 class, is the only player on the 12-man roster not signed or committed to a college. The talented power forward prospect just so happens to be considering NC State among several other high-major programs.
"Julius is actually my roommate so we're always hanging out," said Purvis. "We really aren't talking about colleges or anything like that, I know it's going to be his decision, whatever he does. We just have similar personalities so I think we get along so well because of that."
Eight teams qualified for the 2012 FIBA Americas: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, United States, U.S. Virgin Islands. The United States is 38-2 in the event and has won gold in 1990, 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010, while capturing silver in 2008 and bronze in 2002.
"We are looking to play hard all the time," said Purvis. "We are going to compete with other great guys... trying to win the tournament."
Purvis stated he has primarily been working out at shooting guard and on the wing for USA, who could be implementing a three-guard lineup. The team left for Brazil today and will return shortly after the event concludes. However, Purvis won't have much time to spend at home as he'll be enrolling at NC State in a couple of weeks.
"I'm sure I'll be real tired when I get back," he said, laughing. "I move in on the 28th and everything is happening so fast, but I'm ready to get over to State.
"Going to Brazil with the USA team and Spain this summer with State, I think it's going to really help me out. I'll be able to adapt to playing with other great players in Brazil, and when we go to Spain I'll get to spend some early time playing with the great players at State. That should help us get on the same page early and hopefully it will help us be better prepared for the season."