Raleigh native Rodney Purvis withdraws name from NBA Draft

Connecticut's Rodney Purvis celebrates after a Colorado foul against him, during a first-round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament in Des Moines, Iowa, Thursday, March 17, 2016. Connecticut won 74-67. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

NEW HAVEN, CT (WTNH)– Raleigh native Rodney Purvis is coming back to UConn.

The 6-4 rising senior guard, who transferred from N.C. State in 2013, tweeted his intentions for next season out on Friday, accompanying his message with a pretty sweet Getty Image he probably found on Google:


Purvis also confirmed his decision with ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.

The 22-year-old Raleigh, North Carolina native, who starred at Upper Room Christian Academy where he became a McDonald’s All-American, averaged 12.8 points, 3 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game last season for the Huskies.

He declared for the draft last month in order to go through the predraft process, which allows players to get information from teams on what they need to work on to improve their stock. Undergraduates who don’t sign with an agent have until May 25 to decide to return to school.

Daniel Hamilton announced on April 5 that he would not be returning to UConn, opting to hire an agent and stay in the draft. He was invited to the NBA Draft Combine and is listed as a first-round pick on some mock drafts, including the one done by NBADraft.net.

The Huskies are also waiting on a decision from Amida Brimah, who tested the predraft waters but was not invited to the combine and is not considered a likely first-round pick.

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