Louisville loses Rodney Purvis

Originally Published: May 2, 2011
By Dave Telep | ESPN Recruiting

Rodney Purvis, the No. 10 ranked player in the 2012 class, decommitted from Louisville over the weekend. The decision came as a result of Cardinals former assistant coach Tim Fuller, a North Carolina native like Purvis, taking a position at Missouri.

"It was hard losing [assistant coach] Tim Fuller and then having to focus," Purvis said. "I talked it over with my family and we came to the conclusion that I would open up my recruitment."

Now coach Rick Pitino is going to do everything he can to re-recruit the Super 60 shooting guard this summer, as Purvis takes a spin around the country surveying his options.

"I've heard from a couple of schools already," Purvis said Sunday afternoon.

North Carolina State, Duke, Kentucky, Florida, Baylor and Missouri are expected to enter the fray and recruit Purvis, but Louisville isn't completely out of the picture.

"I had the conversation with Coach Pitino. He's going to keep developing a relationship," Purvis said. "I never said I wasn't going back to Louisville. I just want to develop a relationship with the new coaches."

The big picture question regarding Purvis, who was the lone member of Louisville's 2012 recruiting class, is where he'll end up. Missouri is the furthest school on his list, but there are obvious ties. New Louisville assistant Kevin Keatts coached numerous players from Purvis' AAU team and has a footprint in Raleigh, Purvis' hometown. Then there are the local programs, in Duke and NC State.

Purvis said he'll be looking for a stable coaching situation and strong relationship with a staff going forward.

Dave Telep is the senior basketball recruiting analyst for ESPN.com. His college basketball scouting service is used by more than 225 colleges and numerous NBA teams. He can be reached at espndt@gmail.com. Don't forget to follow him on Twitter.