New Missouri men's basketball head coach Frank Haith has some major work to do in stepping out from under former head coach Mike Anderson's shadow. Landing a top ranked high school recruit would provide some incredible momentum toward that goal. In an unexpected move, Rodney Purvis, ranked as the No. 10 prospect in the country by ESPN, has withdrawn from his commitment to Louisville and is now considering other destinations.
The reason for Purvis' decision is the transfer of Tim Fuller, former Louisville assistant coach, taking a position at Missouri, giving the Tigers the inside track on signing Purvis. After all, if it's enough to make him leave one commitment, it could also be enough to swing Purvis to the new location.
You can be sure, however, that Rick Pitino won't let Purvis go without a fight. And for good reason. The 6-4 shooting guard is No. 1 at his position and ESPNU's scouting describes him as an incredible scorer with a well-rounded game:
Purvis is a wing scorer that can get to the rim from anywhere on the floor and finish through contact. He is aggressive and plays in attack mode on both ends. He also has very good all around skill in the areas of ball handling and passing. Purvis is very talented and is productive on a consistent basis. Purvis is fun to watch and as he brings toughness and competitiveness to the floor each and every time out.
Purvis first committed to Louisville in December, and originally told reporters for The Raleigh News & Observer that he planned on staying through the coaching change. Further discussion, however, has apparently led to a change of heart. Several other teams are hot on the recruiting trail, as could be expected, but perhaps Missouri can expect an early present for Haith and his new staff.