While at UConn: Sat out the 2013-14 season as a transfer from North Carolina State. He was able to practice with the Huskies, and he did so until undergoing left shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum in mid-December. He was able to participate in team activities and sit on the bench during home games. Resumed on-court activities in the spring of 2014. He enters the 2014-15 season with three years of eligibility remaining. Summer, 2013: Invited to tryouts for USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team.
As a Freshman at N.C. State in 2012-13: Appeared in 35 games as a freshman for the Wolfpack, starting 23 and averaged 25.5 minutes, 8.3 points, 2.4 rebounds per game, shooting 44.2 percent overall and 38.5 percent from three-point range. Named ACC Rookie of the Week on Nov. 12. Scored a season-high 21 against Boston College (2/27/13). Scored 7 points and grabbed 2 rebounds against UConn in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden (12/4/12). Helped N.C. State post a 24-11 record and earn a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
Before college: Attended Upper Room Christian Academy, playing under coach Avie Lester... Named 2012 North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year, McDonald's All-American (15 points, 3 assists in McD's All-American Game), AP North Carolina Men's Prep Player of the Year... Member of USA Basketball U18 team that won gold at FIBA Americas Championships... Co-MVP of the Jordan Brand Classic... Rated by Rivals.com as No. 6 player nationally, No. 15 by Scout.com, and No. 16 by ESPN.com.
Personal Information: Rodney Purvis... Born Feb. 14, 1994... Son of Shanda McNair... Wears No. 44 in honor of good friend Detrique Baker, who passed away prematurely.