Rodney Purvis Opts for One More Year

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By Brianna Pleasant,

UConn forward, Rodney Purvis decided to return to play for the Huskies for his last year of eligibility. Back in April, Purvis had initially decided to test his viability for the NBA draft. Just one month later, he tweeted that he had opted out of the draft to finish his career at UConn. He will playing as a fifth-year senior.

During his freshman year of college, Purvis played for North Carolina State. He redshirted his sophomore year of school at UConn which is why his eligibility was extended into the 2016-2017 season.
Since his time with the Huskies, Purvis has remained as one of their best leading scorers. He is also averages most minutes played per game for a UConn player. Last season, he played all 36 games and was a starter for 21 of them. He averaged 29 minutes per game but was taken out of the starting lineup midseason in order to boost new talent off of the bench. Purvis averaged 12.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.1 assist per game. He had 74 assist, 55 turnovers and 32 steals last season alone.
UConn will have a strong and deep backcourt this season with the return of Purvis. He will have assistance from sophomore, Jalen Adams, and incoming freshmen Alterique Gilbert and Christian Vital.
In all of his years at UConn, Purvis has appeared in 69 games and has started in 45 of them. He has scored 845 points and grabbed 159 rebounds. That is a grand total of 1,137 points and 268 rebounds for his college career thus far. And there’s only more to come from this rising star.

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