STORRS, Conn. --- Center Amida Brimah (Accra, Ghana) and guard Rodney Purvis (Raleigh, N.C.) have removed their names from the list of underclassmen eligible for the 2016 NBA Draft and will return to UConn for their senior season in 2016-17.
Neither Brimah nor Purvis, who submitted their names in April in order to be able to work out for NBA teams and receive feedback on their draft status, hired an agent and both completed their removal paperwork by the May 25 deadline in order to retain their college eligibility.
Daniel Hamilton (Los Angeles, Calif.), the third member of the 2015-16 Huskies who submitted his name for the NBA Draft, has retained an agent and will remain draft eligible, ending his college basketball career.
Brimah, the Huskies' 7-foot center and two-time captain, returns to UConn with the leading field goal percentage (.662) and third-most blocked shots (280) in school history. He has played 100 games for the Huskies, starting 69, and has averaged 6.4 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 2.8 blocks per game. He missed 11 games last season after suffering a broken finger on his right hand in December. As a sophomore in 2014-15, Brimah was named the American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year by a vote of the league's coaches.
Purvis, a 6-4 shooting guard, was UConn's leading scorer last season, pouring in 461 points for a 12.8 average, was second in three-pointers made (70), while adding 3.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Purvis returns to UConn as the only starter back from the Huskies' postseason lineup and he currently holds the team lead in consecutive games played with 66. Purvis, who transferred to UConn after playing his freshman season (2012-13) at North Carolina State, has scored 1,137 career points, 845 at UConn.