Purvis Shining on Big Stage

Watching Rodney Purvis at the King City Classic, you wouldn't know he's in the class of 2013.

The rising sophomore - now ranked as one of the top five prospects in his class - was cool, calm and collected throughout the event.

His game has already been compared to John Wall and Dwyane Wade, but Purvis is taking all of the attention in stride and focusing on getting better.

"Now I'm in the same position I was in when I saw players that were ranked higher than me," Purvis said. "I put a target on their back to go out there and try and out play them. Being top-5 it means a lot, but it's what I wanted. I just want to develop and get better and better."

The King City Classic proved Rodney is a big-time player. He once again shined, following a strong performance at the NBPA Top 100 Camp a few weeks back.

"It's been going really well, getting out here and just competing and meeting people," Purvis said. "I'm just enjoying myself. The addition from the NBA Players Camp to this camp is the college coaches. That just makes you want to play even harder."

A number of coaches, including UNC head coach Roy Williams and assistant coach Steve Robinson watched Purvis during the two-day tournament.

"I just know that they are here," Purvis said of the Tar Heel staff. "I don't pay attention to who is (watching each game) or any of that. I just try to go out and play hard."

Just because he's a Class of 2013 prospect playing with the best players from two older classes doesn't mean any of the players are cutting him any slack. Purvis has had to earn the respect of his peers by producing on the court.

"Everybody is here competing," he said. "But older players on my team are giving me advice and things like that. It's a huge honor to be here."

Purvis already claims offers from Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Virginia, Wake Forest, VCU, Baylor and Xavier, while in-state schools like Duke and North Carolina have him on their radar.

"Duke and Carolina are showing interest," Purvis said. "My coach talks with their coaches. I've talked to Coach Robinson face-to-face. We were at their team camp like two weeks ago and I talked to him a little bit."

Purvis also hears lobbying from fellow camper and North Carolina commitment P.J. Hairston, while also talking to one of the current players on the Carolina team.

"Reggie Bullock - I talk to Reggie Bullock a lot," Purvis said.

Purvis did plenty of media interviews at the King City Classic, but the attention will only grow as he gets older. After this event, he left little doubt that he's one of best players in the class of 2013.

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