Friday, April 1st, 2011 at 4:05 pm  |  20 responses

Video: Rodney Purvis – Best Junior in Nation?

Name a top prep baller, and BallisLife will usually have a video on him. But look for a mix on Louisville-bound PG Rodney Purvis, though, and you’d find nothing. It wasn’t ’til this afternoon that the consensus top-10 player got his mix… and it was worth the wait. Will the Raleigh, NC native follow his idols John Wall and Dwyane Wade to the L?

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  • CheeseWhiz

    i wouldn’t say he’s the best in the nation, but he’s got some serious game no doubt

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    I’d say Andre Drummond or Isaiah Austin.

  • mike

    it looks like he’s playing kids that are really young

  • cball

    look at the kid under rodney at 1:33 he looks like hes in nursery school

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    best in 2012 is my guy Shabazz Muhammad

  • http://nobulljive.com Enigmatic

    Shabazz Muhammad will definitely be the 2012 version of LeBryan Nash.
    Kid with the dopest name in the high school ranks!
    Wonder if he was named after the late, great El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz.

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    I thought Purvis was a 2013 recruit?

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    Actually I was right, but he went back to his original class which is 2012. Always thought it was kind of a cowardly move when dudes reclassified to dominate younger kids. I used to say the same thing about OJ Mayo (who was always 2 yrs older than most of the kids in his graduating class). I got called a hater but he’s turned out to be an average NBA player, so maybe I was right. It’s easy to look great dominating younger kids. Props to Purvis for doing the right thing.

  • http://slamonline.com biged

    does dude have a jump shot. or a half court game at all. all his highlights were fast break. and he walked on one of those plays

  • http://slamonline.com biged

    does dude have a jump shot. or a half court game at all, all his highlights were fast break. and he walked on one of those plays

  • Kyle

    you don’t need a half court game in high school if you have this guy

  • peep

    d wade 2.0

  • TXLA


    Isaiah Austin is not the best player in the US. That is laughable, he isn’t the best player on his HS team. Prospect yes, but players impact the game which he doesn’t always do considering he’s 7 ft.
    But the kid does work hard.
    There are tons of players here who get no pub.

    And OJ Mayo was not two years older in HS, he was one. Class of 2007 born in 1987. That’s a 19 year old HS senior opposed to 18. And a 19 going on 20 college freshmen opposed to 18/19.

  • http://Brcopes Brooks

    @TXLA actually i was born in 89 and i graduated in 07… But OJ Mayo was still a great High Scool player regardless of how old the opposing team was… I mean a lot of the travel schools like Findlay and Oak Hill have younger players getting quality minutes agaisnt other top teams so the age really doesnt matter these days

  • http://slamonline.com Yknot

    Rodney “Never Nervous” Purvis!

  • http://slamonline.com zoom

    @TXLA my little brother was born in 87. He graduated hs in 2005 with the rest of the kids born in 87. He graduated college two years ago, on time not early. Mayo will be 24 this year, which would have been his senior year in college. Like I said, I don’t give props to dudes dominating younger kids.

  • C-Mac

    that guy down the bottom at 1:52 looks like Jrue Holiday

  • C-Mac

    Correction.. 2:00

  • matt

    Hoopmixtape has plenty of videos of him lol

  • toinefan88

    i see the wall in him. def got my eye on him now.