Rodney Purvis dunk, Julius Randle visit, Basketball to be played

NC State signee, Rodney Purvis has been a topic of a lot of conversation in the Triangle this week (click here). Yesterday, Purvis made noise with a tremendous dunk over Indiana signee Peter Jurkin as Upper Room held won 66-61 in the Holiday Invitational Friday. You can see the dunk at the 21 second mark of the video below.

The current version of the Wolfpack takes the RBC court today at 2pm to play Western Carolina (on ESPN3). State comes into the game with a 9-4 record and an RPI in the mid-60s. Western’s RPI is in the 200s.

State will be hosting a very special visitor today in Julius Randle (click here). Randle is ranked as one of the top three prospects in the entire class of 2013.

Randle (6’8, 225lbs) is one of the most highly recruited players in ’13 thanks to his blend of finesse and power. He’s a big lefty who can mix it up in the middle or beat you from the perimeter. He’s extremely athletic and is a hard worker on both ends of the floor. His list is pretty huge and includes schools such as Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, UNC, Ohio State and Texas. He’s listed NC State in prior interviews but doesn’t consistently put them on his list.

Lastly, Congratulations to Kellie Harper and the Lady Wolfpack who just won the Rainbow Wahine Invitational Championship!!

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13 Responses to Rodney Purvis dunk, Julius Randle visit, Basketball to be played

  1. TruthBKnown Returns 12/31/2011 at 11:55 AM #

    Nice dunk!

    But I have a question. Why were they too cheap to turn the lights on in that gym. Isn’t it risky for basketball players to be playing in the dark like that?

  2. Rick 12/31/2011 at 12:07 PM #

    It was the camera. There was plenty of light there.

    Pruvis did not play well the game before this but they had three world class guard keying on him.

  3. Wufpacker 12/31/2011 at 2:49 PM #

    Wow. Five minutes in and its 3-1, all on free throws. Both teams are 0-fer from the floor. Exciting game so far, lol.

  4. Wufpacker 12/31/2011 at 3:23 PM #

    Startling turnaround after first five minutes. That’s way more like it….nice way to close out the half.

  5. Red Rider 12/31/2011 at 4:25 PM #

    Realized the game was on ESPN3 just in time to log-on and see the final score. Must’ve been a quick game.

  6. ancsu87 12/31/2011 at 7:43 PM #

    82-55 Pack. Nice game! Larry Hunter is coaching WCU. As an aside I saw that Herb was given a 2-Year contract extension. The comments from various ASU fan sites range from shock to disbelief to various conspiracy theories about AU sending them their current leadership. Sound familiar? Wonder when the media will pick up on this and start a crusade to portray the fans as a lunatic fringe and save Herb’s image?

  7. Howler 12/31/2011 at 9:36 PM #

    I attended the game, and was happy to see we came out much sharper than in the Campbell game. Assuming we beat Delaware State, we will be 11-4 heading into ACC play. Not bad, but I wish we could have the Indiana game back now that we have seen them beat #1 and #2. I like this team…a lot. Brown (fast break personified), Howell (rebounding machine), Williams (does absolutely everything) and Painter (one tough dude) look like completely different players under new leadership. With the recruiting MG has done, it is not unrealistic to believe that there will be a new sheriff in town on Tobacco Road before too long.

  8. logarithm 12/31/2011 at 10:06 PM #

    I expect Purvis to be a lot like Brown next year. Capable of running point but not super-tested at it. Quickness, court vision and ability to get into the lane and score make him great in transition and serviceable at two different roles. We won’t be forced to press him into service at point guard if Brown stays and Tyler Lewis is capable of still being great while still being the smallest guy on the court against somewhat larger, faster, better opponents.

    And with this coaching staff, I can see Howell having the senior year we were all hoping Tracy Smith would have.

    It’s more and more sad Williams is done after this season. I just wonder what he could have accomplished if we’d had a coaching staff that pushed him in his first 3 years, didn’t let him put on 40 pounds, and relegate him to “glue guy.”

  9. 61Packer 12/31/2011 at 10:24 PM #

    Sometimes it takes being a senior to bring out the best.

  10. wufpup76 01/01/2012 at 6:02 AM #

    We played and looked great yesterday … Was at the game and was highly entertained.

    Save for a few stretches, it was a complete and dominating performance.

  11. stillapackfan 01/02/2012 at 9:12 AM #

    We should have scored 100 on this team.

  12. wolfie91 01/02/2012 at 2:31 PM #

    ^ Had subs in for a good part of the end of the game. No need to run it up, especially against someone who used to coach here.

  13. ancsu87 01/02/2012 at 9:15 PM #

    Why should we have scored 100 points?

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