April 01, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina State freshman guard Rodney Purvis plans to transfer, a person familiar with the situation said.

Purvis informed the coaching staff Monday, the same day junior C.J. Leslie announced he would enter the NBA draft, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the school hasn't made an official announcement.

The hometown guard who played at Raleigh Upper Room was one of three McDonald's All-Americans to join the Wolfpack this season. He averaged 8.3 points and started 23 of the first 25 games, though his minutes fell off when the Wolfpack elevated freshman forward T.J. Warren into the starting lineup to give the team some size and rebounding.

In a post on his Twitter account, Purvis appeared to say farewell to the Wolfpack without specifically saying he planned to transfer.

"Tears won't stop falling," Purvis tweeted. "I enjoyed every moment here. I still love you guys, no matter how you may feel towards me. Thank y'all!"

Purvis scored a total of 12 points and averaged just 12.8 minutes in his final four games, three coming in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament and the last in the loss to Temple in the Wolfpack's NCAA tournament opener. That included a scoreless performance in just 9 minutes against Virginia in the ACC quarterfinals.

Purvis' departure would be another blow in a turnover-filled offseason for the Wolfpack. N.C. State already knew it was losing seniors Richard Howell and Scott Wood, then Leslie and fellow junior Lorenzo Brown announced their expected early jumps to the NBA.

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