Harris ‘heavily' considering Louisville

Gary Harris, one of the nation's Top 25 2012 prospects, was in town for Louisville's overtime win over Pittsburgh, and told InsideTheVille.com why he is "heavily" considering Rick Pitino's Cardinals.

Gary Harris visited Louisville for the season opener against Butler – the Cardinals first game at the KFC Yum! Center. Sunday, the five-star 2012 shooting guard from Indianapolis, was back in town to witness Louisville's overtime victory over No. 4 Pittsburgh.

"I had a great time at the White Out," Harris told InsideTheVille.com. "The game was packed. It was a crazy atmosphere and it was real loud. It was good to see Louisville get a win."

Harris, rated one of the Top 25 prospects nationally, is still evaluating all the schools on his list. Besides Louisville, Harris' list also includes Indiana, Purdue, Xavier, and Michigan State, among others.

"I'm still evaluating all my options," Harris said. "I wanted to get down there and reevaluate Louisville and see how I liked them. I wanted to see what it was like during a huge conference game and see the atmosphere. The last time I was down there it was the beginning of the season against Butler. The atmosphere [today] was unbelievable.

"I like them a lot. [Louisville] is a great school."

2012 Louisville commit Rodney Purvis also visited Louisville this weekend and spent considerable time talking up the Cardinals to Harris.

"He had nothing but positive things to say about the program and explained why it was the right place for him," said Harris. "He said how he likes Coach Pitino's style of play, the facilities, the dorms. He loves everything about the school."

Rick Pitino, though busy preparing for Louisville's game against the Panthers, also made a pitch to Harris. "He was real busy but I did get to sit down with him and talk," Harris said. "We just talked about the stuff that they do, the Yum! Arena, the way they practice, the way they play."

Pitino also talked about how Harris and Purvis would fit together in UofL's backcourt. "Rodney is an outstanding guard and they think our games would complement each other very well and that we could be a very good combo," Harris said.

Though he has made several visits to the schools on his list, including Louisville, Harris isn't ready to talk publically about favorites.

"Nobody is standing out because I'm still trying to evaluate the schools," Harris said. "I don't have any favorites yet. The style of play, who I'm going to play with, the facilities that they have and the education I'm going to get are important factors. I'm just looking for the place I fit in the best."

How does Louisville stack up in those areas?

"They stack up pretty good," Harris said. "They have nice facilities, the coaching staff is phenomenal, and their style appeals to my game. Plus, in the Big East you play against the best competition every night. I'm heavily considering Louisville as one of my options."

Harris, who led Fischers (IN) Hamilton Southeastern to a 17-3 regular-season record, isn't sure when he'll make his college decision. "I don't have a set date when I'll make a decision," said Harris. "I guess whenever I feel it's the right fit for me."

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