Rodney McCray and Pervis Ellison.
The names of two great University of Louisville basketball players from the past,Â major contributors on the school’s two national championship teams.Â Wouldn’t have been possible without them.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have some combination of Rodney and Pervis in a future U of L player?
Meet Rodney Purvis.
Purvis is a 6-foot-3 ninth grader at the Upper Room Christian Academy in Raleigh, N.C., said to be the leading prospect in the recruiting class of 2013. Playing against some of the best competition in the nation, he averaged 11.5 points in six games during the recent NBA Players Association Top 100 camp.
Rodney last week let it be known via his Twitter account that U of L had expressed interest to him.
Possibly, a face to face with Rick Pitino.
Something to be said for his candor during a time when many recruits seem to thrive on all the fawning. So nothing to get too excited about. But the name Rodney Purvis does bring back some good memories while challenging the imagination.
The web is already cluttered with his videos, like this one.
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Have never met Mike Rutherford, but he’s one of my favorite people. He’s the 25-year-old blogger over at Card Chronicle, far and away the most popular U of L blog in town. He was only a toddler when the University of Louisville won its last national basketball championship so he has yet to experience the ultimate. Despite the vast difference in generations, Mike and the observer have much in common, spending way too much time focusing on their favorite school. Mike talks about his journey here.
Then there are Sonja and Paul Sykes, over at the Cardinal Couple, who also eat, sleep and breathe U of L sports while giving props to women’s athletics. Ahead of the curve, before it is everyday cool.
Mr. Black and Mr. Red, over at Cardinal Laws, have some interesting and thoughtful perspectives as well. Shannon, over at Cardinal Dominance, is relentless when it comes to pursing the nitty-gritty. A newcomer is Nick Coffey, at The Cardinal Connect, and we wish him well.