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Purvis Leaving Wolfpack for Huskies

By: Aaron Beard -- AP Basketball Writer
By: Aaron Beard -- AP Basketball Writer
North Carolina State freshman Rodney Purvis says he

North Carolina State's Rodney Purvis (0) celebrates a slam during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Duke in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

North Carolina State freshman Rodney Purvis says he's heading to Connecticut.

Four days after announcing he would transfer, Purvis said Friday afternoon in a brief phone interview that he planned to play for the Huskies.

The school had granted Purvis a release to transfer to any school outside the Atlantic Coast Conference except Missouri and Cincinnati, which the program plans to add to its nonconference schedule. The ACC ban includes eventual new arrivals Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame and Louisville.

Purvis would have to sit out a year before taking the court for the Huskies.

In a statement at the time of his announcement, Purvis said he needed "a fresh start" and to "step outside of my comfort zone" by going elsewhere. By Friday, he had tweeted he was "feeling Husky!!!!!!"

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