Purvis works on Harris for Louisville

Rodney Purvis, Louisville's top 2012 commit, was in town this weekend visiting the Cardinals. While in town, the five-star point guard had an objective - work on Gary Harris and convince the five-star Indianapolis shooting guard to join him at Louisville.

Both of Louisville's 2012 commitments – five-star point guard Rodney Purvis and four-star wing man Negus Webster-Chan attended the Cardinals 62-59 win over No. 4-ranked Pittsburgh Sunday at the KFC Yum! Center.

Purvis, the nation's top-ranked point guard in the Class of 2012, had a clear objective while in town: Work on Gary Harris and convince the five-star, 2012 Indianapolis shooting guard to join him and Webster-Chan at Louisville.

"It was overall a good weekend," Purvis said. "I hung out and talked with Gary a lot. And of course Webster-Chan came up today and I had a chance to talk to him a lot. We're just ready to come in and play and with the White Out it was really fun."

Gary Harris
Harris, who is also considering Michigan State, Indiana, Purdue and others, made his third unofficial visit to Louisville this weekend. One of the Top 25 players nationally, the 6-4 Harris would be a perfect backcourt compliment to Purvis.

"I was just seeing where his mind was," Purvis said. "I wasn't trying to rush him into a decision or anything. I wanted to talk to him a little bit since I've been through it and already committed here."

The 6-3 Purvis also told Harris why he committed to Louisville.

"I told him about my visit and how everything was put in place that I could come in and make an impact and how I get along with the boys now," Purvis said. "I'm definitely [comfortable] with them. I'm friends with Rakeem [Buckles] and cool with Chris Smith and Peyton Siva. I'm trying to get to know everybody."

After spending the weekend working on Harris, does Purvis believe Louisville has a good chance to land a commitment?

"Oh yeah, we're definitely in good position with him," Purvis said. "I really didn't talk with him about making a decision or when he might do that – he has to talk to his family about that. I just did my part and the rest of it is up to him and his family."

After the game, Purvis, Harris and the rest of Louisville's visitors, celebrated the Cardinals huge win over the Panthers in the UofL locker room.

"It was just cool interacting with them and talking to them," Purvis said. "Everybody was just amped and happy. There wasn't really much to say."

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