Ollie talks about transfer Rodney Purvis

UConn announced today that former North Carolina State guard Rodney Purvis has completed his transfer to UConn by signing a financial aid agreement.

Purvis, a 6-foot-3 combination guard, averaged 8.3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 25.5 minutes while appearing in all 35 games, starting 23, for the Wolfpack during his freshman season.

He’ll sit out a season and be eligible to play for the Huskies in 2014-15.

Coach Kevin Ollie is excited about Purvis joining the program.

“Rodney is a solid, strong guard who can score in a lot of ways,” Ollie said in a released statement. “He gets to the hole and he was a good three-point shooter last year. In pick-and-roll situations, we can use him a lot.

“He loves the up-tempo game. Plus, we can use his versatility. He can play the one, he can play the two, he’s even big enough to play the three, like we used Omar (Calhoun) this year.”

Purvis, a former McDonald’s All-American, attended Upper Room Christian Academy in Raleigh, N.C. He had UConn as a finalist during his recruiting search.

Ollie believes Purvis will make an impact on the program while he sits out and practices with the team.

“He brings us leadership, even next year,” Ollie said. “No, he won’t be playing, but he gives us a high-caliber basketball player that we can practice against every day. And he’s going to improve just by going against our guards, going through our workouts, and developing. Then, when he plays the following year, he’s going to be hungry, he’ll be chomping at the bit to play.

“Rodney will come right in and add stability to the backcourt and that’s something we’ll welcome. And he won’t be a freshman. He’ll be a junior maturity-wise.”

Reader Comments

MORE BLOGS

Hamilton announces his retirement

  Former UConn great Richard "Rip" Hamilton announced his retirement today.

Pre-game preview: East Carolina

  The regular season is winding down.  

Post-game breakdown: Tulane

  UConn took a difficult route to victory on Sunday.  So it was a typical win for the Huskies, who held off Tulane, 67-60, at Gampel Pavilion.

Pre-game preview: Tulane

  It's hard to believe the regular season is already winding down.

Boatright, Dunn finalists for Bob Cousy award

  UConn senior Ryan Boatright and Providence sophomore Kris Dunn are two of 17 finalists for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award in college basketball.

Post-game breakdown: Memphis

  Freshman Daniel Hamilton is a rising star.  The latest evidence came in UConn's 75-72 loss at Memphis on Thursday night.

Pre-game preview: Memphis

UConn and Memphis meet twice over the final few weeks of the regular season.

Post-game breakdown: Tulsa

 UConn played its most complete game this season on Thursday night. Its near perfect performance couldn’t have come at a better time.

Pre-game preview: Tulsa

UConn begins a make-or-break stretch tonight.The Huskies host Tulsa, the American Athletic Conference leader, at the XL Center.

Calhoun pays tribute to Dean Smith

 UConn released a statement late Sunday from Jim Calhoun on the passing of fellow Hall of Fame coach Dean Smith, the North Carolina legend.

Pre-game preview: Tulane

  Here’s a revealing statistic:  UConn is 7-1 when Rodney Purvis scores in double figures.

Post-game breakdown: East Carolina

  UConn played about 13 minutes of nearly perfect basketball on Wednesday night.

Pre-game preview: East Carolina

  UConn has never lost more than two games in a season at Gampel Pavilion since the building opened in 1989.  That streak is in jeopardy.

Post-game breakdown: Cincinnati

 Well, that was a complete dud. UConn never led and played poorly for most of the game, losing 70-58, at Fifth Third Arena.

Pre-game preview: Cincinnati

   Senior Ryan Boatright knows what’s at stake in the final 12 regular season games, starting with tonight’s action at Cincinnati at Fifth Third Arena.