Former UConn star Rodney Purvis was named the NBA G League’s Player of the Week.
The 6-4, 200-pound shooting guard averaged a whopping 28.5 points for the Lakeland Magic over the past four games.
Purvis’ torrid stretch also included a 40-point outburst in a 121-101 over the Westchester Knicks on Dec. 21.
On the season, he leads Lakeland in scoring, averaging 20.9 points, 3.7 assists and 4.3 rebounds, while guiding the team to the best record in the G League.
“The NBA game, the speed and the pace and the spacing, is really good for my game,” Purvis told the Hartford Courant. “With the NBA game flow, how fast the shot clock is, you get more possessions and for a guy like me who likes to get up and down, breaking guys down and getting to the basket with space.”
“I have a great group of teammates helping me out, and I think we’re doing something special here,” Purvis added.
A college star at UConn, Purvis was the team’s second leading scorer last season as a senior, when he averaged 13.8 points and 4.2 rebounds.
Undrafted, he signed as a free agent in October with the Orlando Magic, who sent him down to the G League.
Purvis had transferred to the Huskies from NC State, where he averaged 8.3 points and 2.4 rebounds as a freshman.
ESPN’s No. 20 ranked player in the 2012 high school class, Purvis was a prep star at Upper Room Christian Academy (NC) and was named the North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior.
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