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UConn men's guard Tarvis Purvis to have shoulder surgery.

POSTED December 16, 2013
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

STORRS, Conn. (December 16, 2013) --- UConn redshirt freshman Rodney Purvis (Raleigh, N.C.) is scheduled to undergo shoulder surgery Tuesday morning at the UConn Health Center in Farmington for a left labral repair.

The surgery, a left shoulder arthroscopy, will repair a torn labrum as well as tighten up muscles to stabilize a condition that has bothered Purvis since high school. The surgery is expected to alleviate sporadic episodes of pain he has suffered throughout the past few years while playing basketball.

An MRI done earlier this year revealed the condition and the decision was made to have the surgery now, while Purvis is forced to sit out this season following his transfer from North Carolina State. The recovery period is usually 4-5 months, allowing him to have a full off-season when he is able to return to basketball activities.

Purvis, a 6-4 guard, had been practicing with the Huskies up to this point. He will have three seasons of eligibility, beginning in 2014-15.

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