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.”
Oak Hill Academy
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.
Upper Room Christian Academy
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.
Brewster Academy (N.H.)
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.