Recruiting Notebook: Pitino visits Ware

Rick Pitino made an in-home visit Sunday night with top 2011 recruit Kevin Ware in Atlanta, and is expected to meet with top 2012 commit Rodney Purvis in North Carolina early this week. InsideTheVille.com has the scoop in this edition of the "Notebook."

Louisville coach Rick Pitino made an in-home visit with prized 2011 prospect Kevin Ware Sunday night in Atlanta.

Ware, a 6-4 combo guard who signed with Tennessee, but was granted a release following the firing of head coach Bruce Pearl last month, told InsideTheVille.com last week that Louisville was the leader in his recruitment over UCF and Georgia. Ware made an official visit to UCF this weekend.

"We talked with Coach Pitino and it went well," Ware's stepfather, Wesley Junior, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "He let Kevin know how he thought he could improve his game and what it would be like to play for Louisville, stuff like that. Coach Pitino think he has the potential be a really good player in college, and he'd like it to be at Louisville. Kevin really liked what he heard."


Ware will be in Louisville this week for the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic, where he'll team with Louisville signees Wayne Blackshear, Chane Behanan, Angel Nunez and Zach Price.

Purvis Update

According to Scout.com National Recruiting Director Evan Daniels, Rodney Purvis received a call from Rick Pitino last week, but has yet to talk to the UofL head coach since Tim Fuller left Louisville for Missouri last week.

Purvis told Daniels at the Real Deal on the Hill AAU tournament in Little Rock, Arkanas this weekend that Pitino is expected to see him at his school early this week. He said he and his family are going to talk everything over about his current commitment to Louisville.

When asked about his commitment to Louisville specifically, Purvis told Daniels: "I'm still committed for now."

Fuller, a former Louisville assistant with strong ties to Chris Paul, who sponsors Purvis' AAU team, played a major role in helping the Cardinals land Purvis commitment last year.


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