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Rodney Purvis: Superstar?

What impact will UConn's "Ferrari in the the garage" make?

Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

The easiest way to describe Rodney Purvis's game is explosive.

Purvis, who sat last season out as a transfer from North Carolina State, is ready to make an impact at UConn. Having spent a year practicing alongside the departed Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright, under the tutelage of Kevin Ollie, Purvis should hit the ground running.

At 6'4" 205lbs, Purvis is a special athlete, one who is particularly devastating in transition. Watching his highlights, it's easy to see why he was a 5-star recruit coming out of high school. Being able to add a talent like Purvis was a huge move by Kevin Ollie, and this year we will finally see how much it pays off. Players with at Purvis' level are few and far between. Despite a streaky freshman season at NCSU, he has shown flashes of brilliance.

Last season, Ollie famously described Purvis as a "Ferrari, sitting in the garage, that I can't wait to drive." Well, this season, Purvis is ready to run.

As a senior in high school, Purvis was named a McDonald's All American and was invited to play in that All Star game. He's the only player on the UConn roster to hold that honor. If he can build off his impressive pedigree and take in the knowledge that was drilled into him by Ollie, the sky is the limit with Rodney Purvis.

There are already rumors that this could be the only season Purvis plays in Storrs.

In an interview with the Hartford Courant, Ollie noted, "I don't know how long we're going to have him, you know, our guys, they go to the NBA real, real quick. They develop quickly. He is a great, great young man. He's going to come out and play the right way, a little bit of point guard, a little of two guard. He's excited, I'm excited for him. You're going to see him, you're going to love him."

UConn has a long history of sending great guards to the NBA: starting with Ray Allen, and continuing with Rip Hamilton, Ben Gordon, Kemba Walker, Jeremy Lamb and Shabazz Napier, to name a few.

All indications point to Rodney Purvis ending up on that list. Though if he does, his time in Storrs may be short.