2012 McDonald's All American North Carolina Triangle Smackdown, Part 6 March 28, 2012 Our renowned Duke-UNC Smackdown expands this year into a full-fledged Triangle (UNC-Duke-N.C. State) Smackdown with another session at the McDonald's All-American game in Chicago.
Boost Mobile Elite 24: Scouting Reports (Part One) September 6, 2011
Rodney Purvis (#15 Scout, #16 ESPN, #6 Rivals) didn't have a dominant week at the Boost Mobile Elite 24 event, but the former Louisville commit had a telling performance against the NBA guards he scrimmaged against and confirmed much of what we learned watching him on the AAU circuit.
The 6'4 Purvis, much like Justin Anderson, is one of the most physically mature players at his position in high school basketball. He has a well-developed frame, looking more like a collegiate upperclassman than one just starting his senior year of high school. On top of his physical strength, Purvis is an impressive athlete, displaying terrific straight-line speed and leaping ability –two things he used over the course of the scrimmages and practices we watched to make a number of impressive plays at the rim.
At this point, it is Purvis's combination of size and athleticism, along with his aggressive mentality, that define his game. He's a very solid slasher who is difficult for high school guards to defend off the dribble with his combination of strength and quickness. He shows good ball-handling ability when he's breaking his man down one-on-one, and good body control when he gets to the rim, but forces some looks at the rim that he doesn't finish at times.
Capable of getting to the rim consistently, Purvis seems to go through stretches where he's too eager to settle for pull-up jump shots. He's a decent shooter at this point, but he needs to improve the consistency of his catch and shoot jumper, develop his decision-making, and learn to play at different speeds to become a more efficient offensive player.
Though Purvis is more of a ball-dominant scoring guard in the mold of Rodney Stuckey at the moment, he does show the ability to make plays for his teammates as well, particularly in drive and dish situations. It wouldn't be surprising to see Purvis spend significant time at the point guard position in the future, but he'll need to develop his court vision to maximize his talents as a passer.
On the defensive end, Purvis has the makings of a quality stopper. He handled the NBA guards he was asked to match up with during the late-night Boost Mobile Elite 24 scrimmage far better than many of his peers, showing how his physical maturity, lateral quickness, and aggressiveness can work to his advantage when he's dialed in.
One of the most highly regarded guards in this class, Purvis's decision to re-open his recruitment has him garnering attention from most of the top programs in the country. Though he has some things to work on, his physical attributes make him an intriguing long-term prospect. [Read Full Article]