Purvis looking forward to Louisville visit

Five-star 2012 shooting guard Gary Harris made an unofficial visit to Louisville Tuesday night for the Cardinals 88-73 win over Butler. This weekend, Louisville will host another five-star 2012 recruit – Raleigh, NC point guard Rodney Purvis, the No. 1-rated point guard in the junior class nationally.

Five-star 2012 shooting guard Gary Harris made an unofficial visit to Louisville Tuesday night for the Cardinals 88-73 win over Butler.

This weekend, Louisville will host another five-star 2012 recruit – Raleigh, NC point guard Rodney Purvis, the No. 1-rated point guard in the junior class nationally.

"I'll be there Sunday and Monday for the game," Purvis said. "I want to get a better feel for the place. On Twitter I have a lot of followers from Louisville. So I want to show them some love like they show me some love. I just want to get a good feel for Louisville. So I want to come down there."

Purvis, who has spoken briefly in the past with Pitino, is looking forward to spending some time with the veteran Louisville head coach.

"I'll be able to say more [about my interest in Louisville] after I have a conversation with Coach Pitino, but right now they seem pretty high on my list," Purvis said. "They have a great new facility, a great tradition and a great coach."

Louisville's Tim Fuller has developed a solid relationship with Purvis, and is a big reason the talented guard will trip to campus this weekend.

"Over the course of him recruiting me we have developed a real good relationship," Purvis said. "Before he got the job he was with Nike and my team was with Nike and we had a good relationship then. Once he started recruiting me we got a little better feel for each other and a good relationship."

Pitino tried to recruit a top-flight point guard for his 2011 recruiting class, but didn't have much luck landing one during the early signing period. Pitino might reconsider his plan of adding another point guard next season if Louisville has a legitimate shot of landing Purvis next year.

"I'm classified as a combo guard, but I'd be better off at the point guard," Purvis said.

Purvis said he watched Louisville game against Butler and liked the uptempo play he saw from the Cardinals.

"Their style of play is exactly how I like to play," Purvis said. "They got up and down, played defense and they put up a lot of shots. Overall, I think they played very well."

Purvis listed Xavier, Duke, North Carolina, Texas, Louisville, Kentucky, Memphis, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest. How will Purvis pick a college?

"Just whatever coach shows me that he really wants me, and how much I can develop a relationship with the coach over time and how the style of play fits me," Purvis said. "And if I feel comfortable with the place."

There has been recent speculation that Duke is the team to beat for Purvis' commitment?

"I wouldn't say they're the team to beat," Purvis said. "They really know how to recruit guys. That's what makes them good. Another thing is they have a great coach, his resume speaks for itself. I really get a lot of love from Duke. That's why I really like them."


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