Top sophomore Irvin talks Louisville visit

Zak Irvin, one of the Top 25 prospects in the Class of 2013, spoke with about his recent visit to Louisville with Fischers (IN) Southeast Hamilton teammate Gary Harris.

A teammate of Gary Harris, Zak Irvin was more than a tag-along visitor with the five-star 2012 shooting guard when the Fischers (IN) Southeast Hamilton duo visited Louisville a few weeks ago to see the Cardinals upset Big East regular-season champion Pittsburgh in overtime.

Irvin, one of the top sophomores in the nation, is rated the seventh-best shooting guard in his class and is considered one of the Top 25 overall players.

"I had a good time down there," Irvin said. "It was my first time down at Louisville. I got to interact with the coaches and players. It was the first time meeting Coach Rick Pitino. I got there early and got to watch their pregame and I heard Coach Pitino talk to the team before the game in the locker room. It was a good speech that got me ready to go play. It was a great game to watch. There was a nice atmosphere at the game."

Though Louisville has identified the 6-foot-4 Harris as a priority recruit, the Cardinals likely are still evaluating the 6-5 Irvin. "I really haven't talked to Louisville much since then," Irvin said. "I don't know where it will go from there."

Irvin is a solid prospect, though. He already holds six scholarship offers from Indiana, Purdue, Illinois, Xavier, Baylor and Miami. Michigan, Butler, Michigan State and Vanderbilt are also showing strong interest. Though it's early in the process, Irvin has visited all of those schools, except Michigan State, Miami and Vanderbilt.

"I saw how I get along with the coaches and what players I would be playing with if I go there," said Irvin. "I checked out the facilities and the academics."

Did Irvin view Louisville as a possible fit? "I thought Louisville would be a good fit," Irvin said. "When they had an opportunity to score in transition they did so and if they didn't they pulled it out and ran an offense. So I thought that fit my game pretty well."

Irvin helped lead his team to the regional finals as a sophomore, scoring 13 points in a season-ending loss to Indianapolis (IN) North Central. He'll play for the Eric Gordon All-Stars this summer, where he will continue to work on his, "ball handling and rebounding more."

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