One more visit left for Harrow

Ryan Harrow is making headway on a college decision. The former N.C. State point guard wanted to make official visits to Kentucky, Texas, Louisville, Georgia and St. John's before choosing his new school. With four visits down, John Calipari, Rick Barnes, Rick Pitino, Mark Fox and Steve Lavin are rolling out the red carpet.

Ryan Harrow is making headway on a college decision.

The former N.C. State point guard wanted to make official visits to Kentucky, Texas, Louisville, Georgia and St. John's before choosing his new school, and John Calipari, Rick Barnes, Rick Pitino, Mark Fox and Steve Lavin are rolling out the red carpet.

Harrow, a five-star prospect coming out of high school, averaged 9.3 points and 3.3 assists last season as a freshman for the Wolfpack. But Harrow decided to transfer after Sidney Lowe was replaced by Mark Gottfried this spring.

Last week, Harrow and his mother embarked on a busy visit tour that ultimately will produce a decision about his future. Harrow visited Kentucky and Texas last week, and stopped at Louisville on Sunday. Today, Harrow is visiting home state Georgia and he's expected to make a final visit to St. John's before announcing his decision.

Attempts to reach Harrow and his mother by telephone since his visit to Louisville have been unsuccessful. Apparently, though, the visit went very well. A key part of that visit? Talking with Rick Pitino about joining the Cardinals program in 2012-13. Harrow will sit out next season per NCAA transfer residency rules.

"Today was a great day and I met one of the greatest coaches in basketball history. Actually had a [conversation] about my future with him," Harrow tweeted Sunday. Harrow also came away impressed with Louisville's facilities, particularly the 22,000-seat KFC Yum! Center. "There is and I repeat there is no arena like the YUM Center," Harrow said on his Twitter page.

So where is Harrow leaning? It's hard to say at the moment, but a couple recent developments could be telling.

Shortly after Harrow visited Texas, the Longhorns accepted a commitment from 2011 point guard Sterling Gibbs. Gibbs, who originally signed with Maryland but opted out after Gary Williams decided to retire, will give Rick Barnes a pair of talented freshmen point guards next season, teaming with McDonald's All-America Myck Kabongo.

Rumors also have begun to surface that Lamont Jones, who is transferring from Arizona, could be headed to St. John's. It's also been speculated by FoxSports.com college basketball director Jeff Goodman that Jones, who hails from New York, could seek a waiver from the NCAA to play immediately.

So where will Harrow end up? With only one visit left, to St. John's, the 6-1, 170-pound point guard is getting closer to a decision. The coaching staffs at Kentucky, Texas, Georgia, St. John's and Louisville all have their fingers crossed.


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