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Report: Rodney Purvis to be declared eligible by the NCAA

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That’s what Adam Zagoria of is currently reporting:

Purvis had his eligibility under review for a number of reasons, but the biggest issue was whether or not his transcript from Upper Room Christian Academy in Raleigh, N.C., was enough to get him cleared. He’s a member of the first graduating class from the school, and as Sam Cassell Jr. found out, the NCAA is cracking down on so-called “diploma mills”.

If this turns out to be true, that’s big news for the Wolfpack. Purvis is a consensus top 25 recruit, a 6-foot-3 athletic scoring guard that should fit in well with Tyler Lewis and Lorenzo Brown in the back court.

Many are projecting NC State to be a top five or top ten team heading into the season. That’s what happens when you return the majority of your roster and plug in three top 40 recruits coming off of a run to the Sweet 16. Ensuring the eligibility of Purvis isn’t a difference maker for the Wolfpack — that was getting CJ Leslie to return for his junior year — but it’s another piece of the puzzle.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.

PHOTO: Ohio State’s new LeBron James shoe display

during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.
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Ohio State has capitalized on its close relationship with NBA superstar LeBron James over the years and now has a new shoe display that should come in handy during recruiting.

The Buckeyes put out a tweet late this week with the display, calling themselves “THE LeBron school.” While this is something small, recruits like that the Buckeyes are tied into the best player in the world and it’s cool to them that Ohio State gets some exclusive gear.

Rutgers hoping new duo can bring a spark

of the Ohio State Buckeyes against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during their Big Ten conference game at Rutgers Athletic Center on February 8, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey.
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Rutgers has struggled to achieve success on the floor the last few years and head coach Eddie Jordan is hoping that some talented newcomers can help start a turnaround. With the start of practice, local media saw some of the Scarlet Knights’ early practice and Jerry Carino of the Asbury Park Press noted that the duo of freshman point guard Corey Sanders and junior college forward Deshawn Freeman were getting a lot of burn together.

With both incoming players being four-star prospects, it’s hardly a surprise that Jordan would see what the two were capable of. According to Carino, it meant a lot of Sanders driving and forcing the defense to collapse before finding Freeman.

“It seems like coach always has us on the same team,” Freeman said to Carino. “Ever since we’ve gotten here, he’s trying to get us to play together.”

Carino also notes that since Rutgers is deeper, longer and more athletic in general this season, the team could do more with a pressing defense to help create turnovers.

While Rutgers still faces an uphill climb in the Big Ten, they at least have some exciting pieces that will be in place for a few seasons.