The recruitment of Rodney Purvis has taken many twists and turns, but on Friday it will finally be coming to an end. According to sources, he will be deciding between Connecticut, Louisville, N.C. Central, N.C. State and Virginia Commonwealth.
After committing to Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals in December, he decided to open his recruitment back up in May. In the months that followed, Purvis had a seemingly revolving door of schools in his recruitment, including Missouri, Memphis, Ohio State, Virginia, Duke and Kentucky. With him being down to his final five potential destinations, I will give you my odds on where he will be taking his tremendous talents next year. The team with the least likely odds of landing him is...
The Eagles are the ultimate long shot to land Purvis. His mother graduated from the school, and he has had them on-and-off his list since the beginning of his high school career. However, if we are being realistic, the Durham school does not have a shot to land him.
They have virtually no media market to showcase his explosive talents, and dominating the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference wouldn't do much for him in terms of impressing NBA personnel. Not to mention, going to NCCU would give him absolutely no chance at an NCAA National Championship in what is likely his only college season.
Odds Of Landing Rodney Purvis: 5 Percent
VCU is coming off a magical season under head coach Shaka Smart
Virginia Commonwealth is coming off a fantastic season under budding coaching star Shaka Smart. The school is set to have another big season with the return of March star Bradford Burgess.
However, all indications are that VCU has gone cool on recruiting Purvis, and the feeling might be mutual. The Rams will be just fine though, since they signed guard Jordan Burgess for their 2012 campaign, the younger brother of Bradford.
He had a fantastic summer season on the AAU circuit, and the program is very excited about the addition of the 6'5" scorer. It looks like the Colonial Athletic Conference will not be landing a top 10 talent.
Odds Of Landing Rodney Purvis: 15 Percent
Louisville head coach Rick Pitino was able to secure a commitment from the 5-star talent late last year, but it wasn't meant to be, as Purvis decommitted from the program earlier this year.
I'm not saying that it won't happen, but usually, when a recruit decommits from your program, they are gone for good. That being said, they still have a legitimate shot at landing the powerful guard.
The city of Louisville is in close proximity to his Raleigh, North Carolina home, they play in the ultra-competitive Big East Conference, and they play many of their games on national television. However, things don't look good for the Cardinals at this point.
Odds Of Landing Rodney Purvis: 35 Percent
2011 National Champion UCONN Huskies
The defending national champion Connecticut Huskies are making a late push to land the most talented shooting guard in America. They have a recent title on their resume, as well as a Hall of Fame coach in Jim Calhoun, who has quite a track record of sending guards to the NBA.
That has to impress Purvis.
They are also continuing to bring elite level talent to the Storrs campus, with surefire NBA Lottery pick Andre Drummond suiting up for the Huskies this season. This is a tough call here, but I think the mystique of the northeast basketball power is going to be edged out in this recruiting battle when all is said and done.
Odds Of Landing Rodney Purvis: 45 Percent
New N.C. State head coach Mark Gottfried
The school that will ultimately land NBA ready combo guard Rodney Purvis, will be the hometown North Carolina State Wolfpack.
New head coach Mark Gottfried made the 6'4" slasher his top priority since arriving at the school, and it has paid dividends in the recruitment of Purvis. He has the pressure of staying at home by all the local fans, and potential NBA draft pick C.J. Leslie's decision to stay in town for college ball could also play a part in his final decision.
He really believes that the new staff at State has what it takes to turn the Wolfpack around, and if that is the case, Rodney Purvis will be the perfect candidate to the be star to lead the way.
Odds Of Landing Rodney Purvis: 75 Percent