North Carolina State head coach Mark Gottfried made a statement with this recruiting class. All three top-35 signees are North Carolina natives and the Wolfpack showed that they can compete with Duke and North Carolina for recruits and beat them. Small forward T.J. Warren (#35) is a Durham native and shooting guard Rodney Purvis (#17) was a target for the Blue Devils. Point Guard Tyler Lewis (#33) is also one of the more underrated prospects in the class of 2012 and this trio will be a formidable back court at N.C. State.
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Purvis is an explosive player on both offense and defense and is one the best shooting guards in his class. He is very quick and athletic which he utilizes to be an excellent slasher. He also excels at both the point and the two since he is a big-time scorer and great passer with good floor vision. Purvis is dangerous too since he nearly always scores or dishes it off for an assist when he gets into the lane and he has the ability to make the acrobatic finish. He has a respectable mid-range jumper and has shown the ability to knock down perimeter shots with impressive range. However, he needs to improve on making those shots with more consistency. He also has the potential to become a very good defender because of his athletic ability and solid size.
Lewis is a very talented floor general who makes up for his lack of elite athleticism with his craftiness. He is a very smart player and one of the best passers in the country regardless of class. He has tremendous court vision and great anticipation of when his teammates will get open. He simply always finds a way to get the ball where he wants it to go and is an absolute gem for North Carolina State and head coach Mark Gottfried. Lewis is underrated and is a magician with the ball in his hands. However, some things he can work on include his defense, getting stronger and developing a better perimeter shot.
Warren is a guy who’s game I fell in love with at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in the summer of 2011. He has terrific size, utilizes it well and can score in a variety of ways. Warren is one of the top five toughest guys to determine a ranking for and has a good mid-range game and does a great job of absorbing contact in the lane. Warren is also smart and moves without the ball well, too. However, he can improve on his defense and his decision making on that end of the court.