Purvis invited to U19 tryouts

Rodney Purvis, the guard who recently transferred from N.C. State to UConn, has been invited to try out for USA Basketball’s U19 World Championship team.

Purvis and 23 others, including former New London High standout and Providence College sophomore Kris Dunn, will attend training camp in Colorado Springs, Colo., beginning on June 14.

The final U19 team, when selected following the training camp, will train in Washington through June 22 then leave for the Czech Republic to compete in the FIBA U19 World Championship. The event runs from June 27 to July 7.

Purvis averaged 8.3 points and 2.4 rebounds during his freshman season at N.C. State. He will have to sit out the 2013-14 season per NCAA transfer rules and will be eligible to play for the Huskies the following season.

Purvis was on a USA Basketball team last summer, as well. He helped the U.S. squad win a gold medal at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship, a finish that qualified it for this summer’s U19 event.

In addition to Purivs and Dunn, among the other players invited to the trials are Villanova’s Ryan Arcidiacono, Syracuse’s Jerami Grant and Louisville’s Montrezl Harrell.

The U19 team will be coached Florida’s Billy Donovan while Virginia’s Tony Bennett and VCU’s Shaka Smart will serve as assistants.



About Neill

Neill Ostrout covers the UConn men's basketball team for the Journal Inquirer in Manchester. He has been a member of the "Horde" for more than 16 years.
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