RELEASE: Pack Inks 3 In Fall Signing Period


Posted Nov 9, 2011


RALEIGH, N.C. – First-year NC State basketball coach Mark Gottfried announced on Wednesday the signings of Tyler Lewis (Statesville, N.C.), Rodney Purvis (Raleigh, N.C.) and T.J. Warren (Durham, N.C.) to play for the Wolfpack beginning with the 2012-13 season.

First-year NC State basketball coach Mark Gottfried announced on Wednesday the signings of Tyler Lewis (Statesville, N.C.), Rodney Purvis (Raleigh, N.C.) and T.J. Warren (Durham, N.C.) to play for the Wolfpack beginning with the 2012-13 season.

“We’re extremely excited about Tyler, Rodney and T.J.,” said Gottfried. “They are great additions to our team. We like that they are great people, and they have to potential to become great players.”

The highly touted trio is considered one of the premier classes by several recruiting services and media outlets. According to ESPNU 100 rankings, Gottfried has assembled the No. 2 class in the nation, while Rivals.com has rated the Wolfpack’s incoming class as the No. 3 class in the country.

“The class that Mark Gottfried has put together will change the direction of the program,” said Paul Biancardi, National Director of Recruiting for ESPN. “This is an impressive class considering the team is coming off some tough years. The perception of NC State is changing under Mark Gottfried. He and his staff will not be outworked.”

Tyler Lewis
Point Guard
5-11, 168
Oak Hill Academy
Statesville, N.C.
Prep:
Finishing his high school career at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va. … Spent his first three years in high school at Forsyth Country Day … Averaged 27.3 and 7.4 assists last season, while leading Forsyth Country Day to a 18-14 mark … Earned all-state honors last year … Left Forsyth Country Day as the school all-time leading scorer with 1,927 points … Had a 40-point performance at the Tournament of Champions, while playing for Team Loaded … Averaged 27.2 points over four games in the Tournament of Champions … Ranked the 73rd best prospect by ESPN’s Dave Telep … Rivals.com ranks Lewis as the No. 54 player overall and No. 7 point guard in the country.

Rodney Purvis
Guard
6-4, 195
Upper Room Christian Academy
Raleigh, N.C.
Prep:
Averaged 25.6 points and nine rebounds for Upper Room last season … Plays for former NC State standout Avie Lester at Upper Room … Rivals.com rates him as the No. 6 player nationally, while Scout.com lists him No. 15 prospect and ESPN No. 16 … Recruiting analyst Bob Gibbons rates Purvis as No. 21 senior … Logged a 46-point performance against Greensboro Day … Participated in the LeBron Skills Academy, CP3 Invitational, Nike Peach Jam, the Super Showcase and AAU Nationals.

T.J. Warren
Forward
6-7
Brewster Academy (N.H.)
Durham, N.C.
Prep:
Currently playing at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H. … Coached by Jason D. Smith at Brewster … Ranked as the 23rd best player in the nation by ESPN … Considered the No. 6 small forward nationally … Scored 41 points in a Tournament of Champions game versus fellow signee Tyler Lewis … Also 22nd and 23rd rated high school player by Scout.com and Rivals.com … Played for a season at Riverside High in Durham and for a year at Raleigh’s Word of God (alma mater of John Wall of the Washington Wizards) … Helped Word to a 24-3 mark last season … Father, Tony, played at NC State from 1977-79 under Norm Sloan.



Related Stories
Grading The New Coaches
 -by ScoutHoops.com  Nov 9, 2011
PHOTOS: Lewis Signs LOI
 -by PackPride.com  Nov 10, 2011
Tyler Lewis Signs With NC State
 -by PackPride.com  Nov 9, 2011

Get the Pack Pride Magazine!
This Month:

December
The 32-page, glossy magazine includes top-notch features, analysis and fantastic photos. (Online subscribers: upgrade today!)

Order Now!

Learn More About Pack Pride The Magazine!
Next Issue

January
MAGAZINE COVERAGE
Get the 2014 Recruiting Yearbook and a full year of Pack Pride Magazine with an Annual Total Access Pass.
Sign Up Today!

Upgrade Now!
Free Email Newsletter
Don't miss any news or features from PackPride.com. Subscribe to our newsletter to have our newest articles emailed to you on a daily or weekly basis.
Click here for a list of all Team Newsletters.

Add Players to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite players. Click name to add to My HotList.
PG Tyler Lewis (profile)
SG Rodney Purvis (profile)
SF T.J. Warren (profile)
[View My HotList]
Add Topics to My HotList
Get free email alerts with news about your favorite topics. Click link to add to My HotList.
Basketball > NC State > Recruiting
[View My HotList]