VT Basketball Recruiting Notes

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2010 signee Tyrone Garland has made the grade. 2013 guard Rodney Purvis earned an offer from the Hokies after impressing at last Sunday’s Elite Camp. Hargrave head coach Kevin Keatts discusses Tech 2011 commitments C.J. Barksdale and Marquis Rankin. Read up on this and more in this edition of “Notes.”

2013 star earns Tech offer

Upper Room (Raleigh, N.C.) guard Rodney Purvis made a splash for the class of 2013 at last week’s NBAPA Top 100 Camp, averaging 11.5 points per game in six appearances. The scoring performance was twelfth best at the camp, in which only four rising sophomores were invited.

Throughout this spring, Purvis, a 6-2, 175-pound combo guard, has shown well in AAU competition and camps, so last week’s performance was not a surprise.

“My high school season, people were just hearing things, but once the AAU circuit got rolling people got to see what other people were talking about,” Purvis said.

Purvis averaged 28 points, seven rebounds and five assists as a freshman. He considers himself a combo guard but says college coaches project him to play the point on the next level.

“I like to get to the rim and create for my teammates to score,” Purvis said. “Coaches like my size and strength, quickness and things like that. I think I’m best at getting to the basket.”

Major D1 coaches are well aware of Purvis’ talents. In fact, last week was a pretty successful week for the young guard. He picked up offers from Virginia and Virginia Tech to go along with Baylor, Georgia Tech, VCU, Wake Forest and Xavier. Purvis has not taken a thorough visit of Virginia, but he was able to see the John Paul Jones Arena at the NBAPA Top 100. He has also spoken with head coach Tony Bennett.

“The facilities are great,” Purvis said. “Talking to Coach Bennett, he gave me a brief overview of what he wants to do with his guards. Also, he said he lives by his Christian beliefs and lives life with God first. I do the same.”

On Sunday, Purvis headed to Virginia Tech for its Elite Camp. He had been to Blacksburg once before, but at that time the new practice