After dominating in the NBA G-League for most of this season, former UConn men’s basketball guard Rodney Purvis has earned a 10-day contract with the Orlando Magic.
Purvis has started in all 37 games he’s played in for the Lakeland Magic — Orlando’s developmental league affiliate —this season, averaging 20.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game. He is eighth in the G-League in points per game and has played the second-most minutes per game.
The Raleigh, NC native has been a consistent scoring threat, reaching double-figures in all but three games while reaching the 30-point mark four times and scoring a career-high 40 points in December against the Westchester Knicks.
In February, Purvis played in the G-League International Challenge, and later participated in the USA World Cup Qualifying Team training camp and was selected to the 12-player team that will compete in the first round of World Cup qualifying games.
Purvis came to UConn by way of NC State, where he played one season with the Wolfpack. He sat out the 2013-2014 season before playing in 102 games for the Huskies, starting 77, over the next three seasons. He was named to the 2015 AAC All-Tournament Team after leading the Huskies with 19.3 ppg and scoring 29 points in the title game vs. SMU.
In the 2016 NCAA Tournament, he led the team with 36 points in two games, including a team-high 19 in the win over Colorado. He is also one of 51 players in program history to reach the 1,000-point mark, totaling 1,301 over his UConn career.
Purvis’ first game with the Magic is tomorrow against the Sacramento Kings at 10 p.m. EST. He will be the second former Husky to make his NBA debut this season, after his former UConn teammate Daniel Hamilton did so in November.