Harvey interested in Louisville, Big East hoops

Can Rick Pitino and the University of Louisville land yet another standout basketball prospect from southern California? Shooting guard Bryan Harvey discusses his options.

Could Rick Pitino and the University of Louisville land another talented basketball prospect from the City of Angels?

With 6'9 Amir Johnson (Westchester), 5'11 Andre McGee (Canyon Springs), and 6'7 Lamar Roberson (Dominguez) already in the fold, Pitino and company are keeping a watchful eye on Roberson's former teammate and elite national shooting guard, Bryan Harvey.

Harvey, ranked among the nation's top 50 prospects in the class of 2005 by TheInsiders.com, is a gifted long range shooter in a powerful 6-foot-5, 200-pound frame.

Considered the ninth best two guard in America by national recruiting analyst Dave Telep, Harvey recently achieved a qualifying standardized test score, according to Dominguez head coach Russell Otis.

With the summer shoe camps rapidly approaching, Harvey's recruitment remains open but appears to have narrowed in scope to three BIG EAST programs, Louisville, Syracuse and Connecticut.

"I'm trying to keep my options open right now," Harvey said Tuesday night. "I want to get my recruitment over with as soon as possible but I don't want to rush into a decision."

With only one available scholarship remaining, it's common knowledge Pitino's Cardinals are looking for an outside marksman to round out the top ranked recruiting class in the nation.

"They've offered," Harvey said of Louisville. "It's not really important how hard schools recruit me as long as I know they are sincerely interested in me."

"I like Louisville and I'm a big fan of their program," Harvey continued. "I like the state of Kentucky because it's a huge basketball state. Their fans really support the program and my brother, Tony, who played for Utah has told me that Freedom Hall has a great atmosphere."

Having grown up in southern California, Harvey said he's intrigued by east coast hoops.

"I like Syracuse and Connecticut, too," Harvey said. "I like the Big East because it's power basketball and the teams are on TV all time."

Considering Roberson's decision to verbally commit to Louisville last month, it only seems logical to wonder if that decision will have any influence on Harvey's.

"It does effect my decision a little bit but not a lot," Harvey admitted. "We're friends and it would be great to have somebody to hang out with, especially if you're in a new city."

Harvey will attend the ABCD Camp in Teaneck, NJ next week and he's playing with a purpose this off-season.

"I want to really focus on getting better this summer."

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