UConn announced that Purvis has signed a financial aid agreement to complete his transfer to the UConn. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound guard from Raleigh, N.C., will have to sit out the 2013-14 season, according to NCAA transfer rules, but will be able to practice with the Huskies. After completing his freshman season at NC State, Purvis will have three years of eligibility remaining, starting in 2014-15.
Purvis announced April 5 he wanted to transfer to UConn.
"Rodney is a great athlete, but first and foremost a great person," UConn coach Kevin Ollie said in a statement issued by UConn athletics. "We're very excited that he will be a part of our program."
Purvis, who was heavily recruited by Ollie and UConn as a high school senior, played in all 35 games for the Wolfpack (24-11) last season. He started 23 games, averaging 25.5 minutes, 8.3 points, 2.4 rebounds, shooting 44.2 percent overall and 38.5 percent from 3-point range.
"Rodney is a solid, strong guard who can score in a lot of ways," Ollie said. "He gets to the hole and he was a good three-point shooter last year. In pick-and-roll situations, we can use him a lot. He loves the up-tempo game. Plus, we can use his versatility. He can play the one, he can play the two, he's even big enough to play the three, like we used Omar (Calhoun) this year."
Purvis played 32 minutes and scored seven points in N.C. State's 69-65 victory over UConn in the Jimmy V Classic last December in Madison Square Garden.
Ollie expects Purvis to be a big help in practice next season.
"He brings us leadership, even next year," Ollie said. "No, he won't be playing, but he gives us a high-caliber basketball player that we can practice against every day. And he's going to improve just by going against our guards, going through our workouts, and developing. Then, when he plays the following year, he's going to be hungry, he'll be chomping at the bit to play. Rodney will come right in and add stability to the backcourt and that's something we'll welcome. And he won't be a freshman. He'll be a junior maturity-wise."
Napier still gathering options
It's possible guard Shabazz Napier will reach a decision on his future by next week, but for now the junior is still weighing his options and going over NBA information that Ollie has helped him gather.
At groundbreaking for the UConn basketball practice facility Tuesday, Ollie said he thinks Napier, Ryan Boatright and DeAndre Daniels will all return to the Huskies for next season. But he honestly doesn't know.
"They're still thinking things over," Ollie said. "It's still a fluid situation. I think they're going to be – hopefully – back. I'm going to go forward like they're coming back but if they decide to put their name in the draft, we're going to go forward and try to get them in the best shape possible.
Shabazz is still recovering from his late season foot injury. Ollie said Napier "needs time to rest and hopefully makes a good decision."
Napier was supposed to be part of Thursday's introduction of new uniforms at Gampel Pavilion but he did not appear. It was said that he had a class. The deadline for a decision is April 28.
"Probably around the 25th or 26th [or April], that's when I am going to decide whether I'm going to stay or going to go," Napier told reporters Tuesday. "I continue to talk to my family, I talk to my mother every day about it. I'm just weighing the pros and cons, weighing my options. Growing up, I always thought one day, hopefully, I'd be able to provide for my family. That's the thing that matters so much."
Wolf trying to work way back
Ollie said UConn should know by the end of the semester whether center Enosch Wolf will be reinstated to the team.
Wolf, the 7-1 junior from Germany, was indefinitely suspended after his Feb. 11 arrest. Wolf was charged with third-degree burglary, criminal trespass and disorderly conduct after campus police were called to the apartment of a female student based on the report of a domestic dispute.
"He is getting treatment for his [domestic violence] problems he is dealing with," Ollie said. "He has been doing an exceptional job of getting studies done, bringing his [grade-point average] up. We are all monitoring his progress, the president's office, community standards and the AD, so it is not just my decision.
"I know they've got some steps he's got to take care of, getting to appointments, and showing true maturity."