UK recruiting ‘the next John Wall’

Kentucky is recruiting Rodney Purvis, a high school sophomore-to-be considered “the next John Wall.”

Of course, that’s lofty praise, but there’s reason to believe it’s valid. Like Wall, who became the first Kentucky player to be the overall No. 1 pick in an NBA Draft last month, Purvis is a 6-foot-4 point guard.

Like Wall, Purvis is from Raleigh, N.C. Purvis, who is playing in the King City Classic in Cleveland, acknowledged the comparisons to Wall.

“It’s humbling,” he said. “Because John Wall is — what? — the No. 1 draft pick in the country. So there’s really no comparison to me. . . . I don’t even feed into it.”

Purvis and Wall are friends who have played one-on-one many times.

“Probably over a hundred,” Purvis said before adding with a smile, “and I lost every single time.”

Purvis listed such schools as UK, Louisville, Wake Forest, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Xavier and the school that makes him a fan, North Carolina.