Webster-Chan continues L'ville's momentum

Rick Pitino has it rolling at Louisville. The Cardinals are 10-1 this season, have a Top 5-10 recruiting class for next season, and now have 2012 commitments from Rodney Purvis and Negus Webster-Chan. That's why Webster-Chan was so excited when he talked with InsideTheVille.com about his decision to play for Pitino's Cardinals.

Louisville, off to a surprising 10-1 start this season, including a 114-82 win at Western Ky., Wednesday night, received an early Christmas present when Negus Webster-Chan, one of the top small forward prospects in the Class of 2012, verbally committed to the Cardinals.

Rick Pitino returns almost everyone from this year's roster next season, and welcomes a recruiting class headlined by Wayne Blackshear and Chane Behanan that Scout.com rates as the sixth-best nationally.

With Webster-Chan's commitment Wednesday, Pitino now has a versatile wing prospect to pair with Rodney Purvis, Scout.com's No. 1 rated PG prospect, in the Class of 2012.

That's why Webster-Chan was so excited about his decision Wednesday night when he talked with InsideTheVille.com about his decision.

"We're definitely going to be No. 1," Webster-Chan said. "We're going to the top."

Webster-Chan made two visits to Louisville earlier this month and knew he wanted to play for the Cardinals. When Pitino offered a scholarship earlier this week after watching the 6-foot-7 forward go for 22 points, 11 rebounds and three assists against New York's Our Savior New American, it didn't take Webster-Chan long to make a decision.

"I was looking for a school that I could fit into academically and athletically, and there was no doubt this was the best decision for me," Webster-Chan said.

Why did Pitino offer Webster-Chan with 2012 studs like Shabazz Muhammad still left on the board? Because the Louisville coach believes Webster-Chan, a native of Toronto, can stuff a stat-sheet like former Cardinal and current NBA star Terrence Williams.

"I'm a guy that can fill up a stat sheet," said Webster-Chan. "I rebound, get steals, blocks and I score. I'm a Louisville-type of player.

"[Pitino] said I played really great and he liked the way I filled up the stat sheet - rebounds, assists, steals, everything," Webster-Chan added. "He said I reminded him of a guy like Terrence Williams who went to Louisville.

Webster-Chan now becomes the third player from Rob Fulford's Huntington Prep program to commit to the Cardinals, joining Gorgui Dieng and Justin Coleman. Though Coleman didn't qualify to play for Louisville, Dieng starts at center for the Cardinals. "[Pitino] told me going into all my games now I not only represent Huntington Prep, but I also represent Louisville," Webster-Chan. "It makes me work harder to get where I'm going to be going and get better every day. I know I'm always being watched."

Webster-Chan also had offers from Marquette, Cincinnati, Oklahoma State, UNLV, among others. What set Louisville apart from those programs?

"The coaching staff, the city and their facilities," said Webster-Chan. "It was everything."

A four-star prospect, Webster-Chan is ranked the No. 45 player nationally, and the ninth-best prospect at his position in the Class of 2012.

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