Apparently, the Cardinals are interested in North Carolina State freshman point guard Ryan Harrow, a five-star high school recruit. Harrow played one season for the Wolfpack under former coach Sidney Lowe before receiving his release to transfer last week from new N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried.
"At this time there are some schools he's interested in and I think Louisville is definitely one of them," said Mark Edwards, Harrow's personal trainer. "I think he loves Rick Pitino and the facility there at Louisville, it's a great facility."
Harrow, who committed to N.C. State during his sophomore year in high school, is free to transfer to any school outside the Atlantic Coast Conference. Edwards said he expects Harrow to take his time, and a few visits, before he makes a decision this time around.
After Harrow received his release last week, rumors surfaced that the talented point guard was visiting Kentucky. Those rumors turned out not to be true, and Harrow hasn't heard from John Calipari's staff, though he does have interest in the Wildcats.
"I also think he likes Kentucky," Edwards said. "For the first time, he's going to try to go through the recruiting process. All the major programs around the nation, except the ACC schools, are interested in him."
Harrow is still attending classes at N.C. State and finishes his finals May 9. Edwards said Harrow plans to visit a few schools once he wraps up his final semester in Raleigh.
"When schools out he'll start making his visits," Edwards said. "He'll take his time and him and his mom and his family will go to these schools and interact with the players, the coaches and community and figure out what's going to be the best fit.
"He didn't do that the last time. The last time, NC State was the first school to offer him and he felt comfortable with that. Maybe that was a little premature and he should have looked around."
Harrow started 10 of 29 games this season, averaging 9.3 points and 3.3 assists, but grew frustrated with Lowe's slow-tempo style.
"He was frustrated this year at NC State because they didn't allow him to show his skills," Edwards said. "Ryan is a stronger kid because of the experience he went through. Louisville would be great. I grew up in New York so I grew up on Rick Pitino basketball. It would be great for him, but he's going to take a long look at these schools."
Which schools does Harrow want to visit? A final determination on those visits hasn't been made by the player and his family.
"Everybody has been talking about Kentucky, but I haven't heard anything about Kentucky [from Ryan]," Edwards said. "I think he's interested in Louisville. I know he likes one or two schools in the Big East. He likes St. John's – his family is from New York."
"He was unhappy at times with the fan support at NC State," Edwards said. "I think the fans were a little fickle. He's going to want people to be patient with him. Being that he's going to transfer he's going to have an entire year to get stronger. And I think he's looking for really good teammates, guys that are potential pros to practice against. I think that's going to be an attraction for him as well."