In this episode, we’re talking about why Rodney Purvis and Shabazz Muhammad aren’t playing with their college teams yet, as well as analysis of Tyus Jones and P.J. Dozier, plus a look ahead to the Phenom 150.
By Alex Kline
|Raleigh (N.C.) rising sophomore Rodney Purvis was one of just four 2013 prospects to be invited to this year’s NBA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, but the fifteen year-old showed he’s got plenty of game for his age.
The 6-3, 185-pounder finished twelfth overall in scoring average at the event at 11.5 points per contest; besting the next-closest person in his class by over 70 spots. He continued his run in Orlando. Arguably the best guard in the class of 2013, Purvis was outstanding in leading his team to the U15 Gold championship. Rodney had a team high 23 points in the semifinal win over the Texas Titans, going 11/16 at the line, including 8/10 in the fourth quarter as CP3 mounted a major comeback. Purvis is athletic, handles the rock, passes well, shoots it from deep, attacks the basket, and plays hard. There is not much on the court that Purvis cannot do.
|While it’s still extremely early in his recruitment, Purvis is already picking up verbal scholarship offers. “Georgia Tech was the most recent school to offer me,” he said. “I’ve been offered by Xavier, Baylor, Virginia, Virginia Tech, North Carolina Central, Virginia Commonwealth, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest.” Purvis went to Virginia Tech for an unofficial visit about a month ago and has been so caught up with AAU that he has not had time for anything else.
This Fall, Purvis will be playing at Upper Room Christian Academy. Rodney has quite a few visits lined up. He says he will “definitely visit Duke and Carolina this Fall but I haven’t set a date yet.” Already scheduled are trips to “Miami, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Florida, and Alabama” for football games.
The sky is the limit for the 2013 prospect who has already became a star. Look for him to keep his solid reputation and comparison to Washington Wizards star John Wall.
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Rodney Purvis (PG, 6’2″, 2013), possibly the top player right now in the 2013 class, let everyone know that Louisville is now recruiting him via Twitter. But it should be no surprise, Purvis is going to get a lot of offers when it’s said and done. He’s got all of the skills needed to succeed and make it to the pro level, he will just need to keep his focus and continue to put in the work.
He certainly seems like the player to do just that. Purvis has a fluid, explosive game, and if he puts in the work to make himself a player who can score from outside and inside, he will be a very hard player to defend against.
By Marcus Shockley
This gym is not full of cheering fans, with an announcer chiming in over the loudspeaker with a play by play.
As the mass of bodies push each other, literally across the gym floor, Chris Paul’s purple workout shirt stands out among the wrestling players. The drill is to grab your opponent by the shoulders and try to push him across the gym. The problem of course, is that he’s trying to stop you.
It’s an exercise is power, will and endurance. It’s exhausting.
And it’s only the beginning.
The players crowd the floor from one side to the other, strong players who are used to the power needed to play college basketball and elite high school basketball. This drill of exertion is one of the first of the Chris Paul Elite Guard Camp, a camp put together by NBA star point guard Paul and Position Sports to focus on one clear objective: build better point guards.
The drills are completely focused on being a point guard, with wave after wave of intensive ball handling drills. The coaches have split the gym into three floors, with high school players taking up two courts and college players taking up the other. The coaches shout the drills – two ball dribble around the cones, then two ball dribble with one ball in a behind the back move around the cones, and so on. The drills are rapid fire, changing every couple of minutes. The players grunt and push themselves, trying to master each intensive set of instructions. If you want to be at your peak performance, it won’t hurt to know that testosterone supplements can help you build muscle.
Chris throws himself into the camp, which takes place in his hometown of Winston-Salem, and engages in the drills along with the players. As he works on one handed catch-and-pass drills with incoming UNC freshman Harrison Barnes, you would not know that Chris Paul is the big star that all of the players admire. Tonight, he’s more than a mentor, more than a star player to emulate.
Tonight, he’s a teammate.
The camp is filled with some of the top talent in both the college ranks and high school, with Duke stars Kyle Singler, Nolan Smith and incoming transfer Seth Curry all working their way through the drills. Kyle Singler and Harrison Barnes are forwards taking on a point guard skills camp, an attempt to constantly improve and push themselves. Singler works doggedly through the drills, exerting an effort that would set an example to the high school players just across the gym – if they weren’t so focused on surviving the drills themselves.
Scoop Jardine is in attendance along with fellow Syracuse guard Brandon Triche. Following the first workout, Jardine would tell his Twitter followers that the camp was ‘hard as hell’.
It’s not an understatement.
Kemba Walker of UConn, incoming freshman point guard Kendall Marshall of UNC, and Wake Forest rising sophomores Ari Stewart and CJ Harris are also going through the camp, along with Chris Wright of Georgetown, Durand Scott of Miami and several more.
For the high schoolers, the drills are intended to show them how to master their ball handling skills and how an elite guard positions and defends, which is key for power players like Dezmine Wells, a 6’4″ small forward from the class of 2011. Dezmine is taking on smaller, sometimes quicker players, but he works like mad, pouring himself into every drill. He uses his size to defend, as guard Marquis Rankin gets an inside step and flashes under him, he quickly adjusts in midair and cleanly blocks the ball at the last second.
Later, as Dezmine pulls off a great jab step and blasts past his defender, he turns his head to rafters and screams angrily in obvious frustration as his shot clangs off the rim. The coaches rush in and tell him emphatically, “There was nothing wrong with that play! You did everything right!” It’s a good teaching moment. The coaches have been harping on the players for not following instructions all night, but Dezmine is obviously paying attention. He might not be getting the result he wants, but he is listening. And that makes coaches happy.
There are so many talented guards in the camp, such as rising phenom Rodney Purvis (PG, 6’3″, 2013), Jabari Brown (G, 6’3″, 2011) and Jamal Branch (PG, 6’3″, 2011). Bishop Daniels (PG, 6’2″, 2011) does extremely well in the ball handling drills, and PJ Hairston (SG/SF, 6’5″, 2011), another UNC commit, works his size to make up ground against the guards.
Quinn Cook (PG, 6’1″, 2011), sits out on the sidelines with a tweaked ankle. “I hurt it last night in a summer league game,” he says, but he sits with ice on it, hoping to participate the next day.
At the end of the first night’s workout, the players load up on a bus and head back to the hotel, ready to collapse. Chris Paul is giving them a hard training in being an elite NBA point guard, and these players are ready for the challenge.
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Rodney Purvis, 2013 star PG and interested in NC State Wolfpack.
More from scout James Blackburn and the 2010 Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions, with the 2012 classes and one player from 2013, Rodney Purvis.
Class of 2013 edit-Rodney has since reclassified to 2012.
Rodney Purvis (PG, 6’2″, 165)
Upper Room Christian Academy
AAU team- CP3 All-Stars
Good size, athletic, ball handling, different finishing moves
He is going to be going to the 15u super showcase with his AAU team, the CP3 All-Stars later this summer in FL. He is going to be working on his jumper a lot this summer with his HS coach.
Class of 2012
Andre Drummond (C, 6’11”, 265)
St. Thomas More HS
AAU team- Connecticut Basketball Club
#1 Center in his class according to www.scout.com. Very good shot blocker, can hit the mid range, good athlete. Strong rebounder.
Offers from UConn, Syracuse, Louisville, Texas, West Virginia, Georgetown, Mass, and Rutgers.
Very young player who is enjoying the recruiting scene- does not have any favorites so far- is trying to lay low according to his coach. He has taken an un-official visit to Providence. He is just trying to continually work on develop a all-around game. Wants to be a mix between Lebron James and Dwight Howard.
Reggie Dillard (SG, 6’3″, 210)
AAU team- CP3 All-stars
Determined defender and solid 3-point shooter
Peter Jurkin (C, 7’0″, 220)
United Faith Christian Academy
AAU team- Indiana Elite/Team Indiana
Very long and athletic- tries to block everything and either blocks or influences every shot that is put up in paint
Indiana- they have offered
Greensboro Day School Power Forward / 6-7/ 240
AAU- Greensboro Gators
Scouting Report: Good hands, good touch around the rim
Grant Jerrett (F, 6’8″, 210)
La Verne, CA
AAU team- Belmont Shore
Very long, big/wide shoulders, Runs the floor and can shoot the 3
Has offers from Arizona, UNLV, USC, Washington, and UCLA. Is also receiving interest from Gonzaga and Arizona St.
Josh Smith (C, 6’7″, 235)
AAU team- Carolina Raptors
Very strong, good rebounder who grabs everything with 2 hands, good finisher
V. Tech, LSU- no offers yet
Trying to work on guard skills this summer. Is going to work on increasing his shooting range and dribbling skills.