Updated: 2:30 p.m.
The NCAA has cleared Rodney Purvis to go to class at N.C. State but his eligibility for the upcoming basketball season is still in question.
Purvis confirmed the NCAA's decision on his Twitter account on Tuesday. He will be on scholarship for the academic year, according to coach Mark Gottfried, but there's still a chance he won't be eligible to play during the 2012-13 season.
Tuesday's news was the first break for the McDonald's All-American from Raleigh who had been in academic limbo since Aug. 4, when the NCAA ruled he would not be allowed to travel with the team to Spain because his high school, the Upper Room Christian Academy, is under review.
"Starting classes today is most important to me," Purvis wrote on his Twitter account on Tuesday. "The basketball will work itself out."
Classes began at N.C. State last Thursday but Purvis was held out as a precaution. If Purvis had attended classes, prior to being cleared by the NCAA, he would have been considered a "nonqualifier" in NCAA vernacular. The ACC does not allow its members to accept nonqualifiers without an NCAA waiver. As a nonqualifier, Purvis would not be eligible for a scholarship or eligible to compete or practice as a freshman.
Purvis was in the first graduating class from the private Christian school in southeast Raleigh. The NCAA Eligibility Center is still in the process of what it calls an "extended review" of the Upper Room Christian Academy.
That process includes a review of every class Purvis took at the high school. The NCAA posts a list of "approved" classes for each high school on its web site. Upper Room does not have any "approved" classes, according to the NCAA's web site.
Purvis is expected to start at shooting guard for the Wolfpack, which returns four starters from a 24-13, NCAA tournament team.
"We have to wait on the decision," Gottfried said Tuesday. "We're hoping for the best."