Five-star 2012 SG visits Louisville

Though Louisville head coach Rick Pitino is expected to sign a Top 5 2011 recruiting class this week, the Cardinals tried to get a jump-start on their next recruiting class this weekend, hosting one of the nation's top 2012 prospects.

Though Louisville head coach Rick Pitino is expected to sign a Top 5 2011 recruiting class this week, the Cardinals tried to get a jump-start on their next recruiting class this weekend, hosting one of the nation's top 2012 prospects.

Gary Harris, a five-star prospect from Fishers, Indiana who is rated the No. 2 shooting guard in the Class of 2012, made an unofficial visit Saturday to Louisville.

"They've been trying to get me down for a while and it finally fit into the schedule to get down there," Harris said. "I got to see campus, the facilities and talk to the coaches. I saw the practice facilities and the outside of the new arena. It was all really nice."

Harris, a 6-4, 190-pound guard, already is a priority recruit for several Big 10 powers, including Illinois, Ohio State, Indiana and Michigan State. Harris drew Louisville's attention last summer, and Pitino told him this weekend that he'd be a good fit with the Cardinals style of play.

"They were just telling me what the University of Louisville was all about, how they do things and how I would fit into the program," said Harris. "They were saying that my style of play, how I get up and down the court fits perfectly with their system."

Michigan State and Indiana are both is great position on Harris' list and Louisville is trying hard to get in the mix with the Spartans and Hoosiers.

"They're two great schools," Harris said. "IU has a good coach with Tom Crean who is trying to rebuild Indiana back to its glory days. Michigan State coach Tom Izzo is very successful and he knows how to win. He's always been a winner."

Where does Louisville stand with Harris?

"I had a great visit and I like them a lot," Harris said. "I'm going to consider them like I'm going to consider every other school that has shown me interest."

Louisville assistant Tim Fuller will continue to keep tabs on Harris this season for the Cardinals.

"He's [Fuller] a great guy and very personable," Harris said. "He has great character and he's easy to get along with."

While Michigan State, Indiana and Louisville are all in the mix, don't expect a decision any time soon from Harris.

"I'm still evaluating my options and having fun," Harris said.


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