Big news Tuesday for guard Rodney Purvis, who transferred in early April from North Carolina State to Connecticut. USA Basketball announced that Purvis is one of 24 players who have accepted invitations to the 2013 USA Basketball Men's U19 World Championship Team training camp.
Purvis, a 6-4 guard, will join the other invitees at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., and training camp begins on June 14. The final 12-man team will be selected during training camp and will train in Colorado until June 19. After that the team will continue training in Washington D.C., through June 22, before leaving for Prague, Czech Republic, to compete in the June 27-July 7 FIBA U19 World Championship.
Providence College's Kris Dunn, from Oakdale, Conn., is another of the invitees.
In addition to Purvis and Dunn, the rest of the invited players include: Ryan Arcidiacono (Villanova University/Langhorne, Pa.); Bryce Alford (La Cueva H.S./Albuquerque, N.M.); Brandon Ashley (University of Arizona/San Francisco, Calif.); Robert Carter (Georgia Tech/Thomasville, Ga.); Damyean Dotson (University of Oregon/Houston, Texas); Javan Felix (University of Texas/New Orleans, La.); Michael Frazier (University of Florida/Tampa, Fla.); Marcus Georges-Hunt (Georgia Tech/College Park, Ga.); Shaq Goodwin (University of Memphis/Atlanta, Ga.); Aaron Gordon (Archbishop Mitty H.S./San Jose, Calif.); Jerami Grant (Syracuse University/Bowie, Md.); Montrezl Harrell (University of Louisville/Tarboro, N.C.); Rondaé Hollis-Jefferson (Chester H.S./Chester, Pa.); Jahlil Okafor (Whitney Young H.S./Chicago, Ill.); James Robinson (University of Pittsburgh/Mitchellville, Md.); Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State University/Flower Mound, Texas); Jarnell Stokes (University of Tennessee/Memphis, Tenn.); Rasheed Sulaimon (Duke University/Houston, Texas); Devin Thomas (Wake Forest University/Harrisburg, Pa.); Mike Tobey (University of Virginia/Monroe, N.Y.); Nigel Williams-Goss (Findlay Prep/Happy Valley, Ore.); and Justise Winslow (St. Johns H.S./Houston, Texas).
The USA U19 World Championship Team will be led by Florida head coach Billy Donovan, and assisted by Virginia's Tony Bennett and VCU's Shaka Smart. The player selections for the team will be made by the 2013-2016 USA Basketball Men's Junior National Team Committee, chaired by Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim.
Purvis is one of 16 of the invited players who has previous USA Basketball experience. He was a member of the 2012 U18 USA National Team that won the gold medal at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship and qualified the U.S. team for the FIBA U19 World Championship.
Purvis, a former McDonald's All-American, played his freshman season at North Carolina State in 2012-13, appearing in 35 games, starting 23. He averaged 8.3 points, 2.4 rebounds, shot 44.2 percent overall and 38.5 percent from three-point range. He must sit out the 2013-14 season, according to NCAA rules, although he can practice with the Huskies. Beginning with the 2014-15 season, he will have three years of eligibility remaining for UConn.
Purvis has arrived in Storrs and is taking one course during the May summer school session.