Purvis, a freshman from Raleigh (NC) Upper Room Christian Academy, confirmed the news this morning on his Twitter account when he posted, "Starting classes today is most important to me. The basketball will work itself out. I appreciate everyones prayers. #gopack"
The 6-foot-4 McDonald's All-American is expected to contend for a starting position right away for the Wolfpack, but when will that happen? The NCAA is currently reviewing his eligibility, but by allowing Purvis to enroll the NCAA is saying that he will not be a non-qualifier. Purvis would have had to enroll in a junior college if the NCAA had labeled him a non-qualifier.
At this point, the NCAA will either fully clear Purvis, which makes him play right away, or conditionally clear him, and in that scenario he would have to sit out the 2012-2013 season.
Two years ago Kansas University had a similar situation with star recruit Josh Selby. The NCAA evaluated Selby's status for nearly two months after allowing him to enroll at Kansas before fully clearing him to play as a freshman (although he did have to sit games due to amateurism issues).
Because Purvis is enrolled, there is no real timeline now to make a decision on his eligibility until the start of the season.