2010 star making return visit to Louisville

Tobias Harris made an unofficial visit to Louisville in June. Now, the versatile 2010 forward is getting ready to make a return trip to the ‘Ville.' Why has Harris decided to come back to Louisville for another look around? Are the Cardinals emerging as a favorite to land the talented junior forward?

When the Louisville football team opens the season August 31 against Kentucky, Rick Pitino's Cardinals will be hosting New York standout Tobias Harris for the second time this summer.

"The first time we came down I liked everything – I liked the facilities, coaches…just the whole atmosphere and the players," Harris said. "I was speaking with Edgar Sosa when I was down there about the program and how he liked the coaches and there was no negative feedback. That's really what I want – somewhere the coaches and players really connect and like each other.

Louisville is emerging as a strong
player for Tobias Harris.

"(So) my dad and I want to come down again, watch the football game and just get a better feel for the environment and see how it really is."

Is Louisville emerging as one of Harris' favorites? "I don't really have any favorites right now but when I (get ready) to make my decision they're going to be high on my list," said Harris, who holds an offer from the Cardinals. "I definitely have a comfort level with (Louisville). So I'm just going to come back down and see it again – see what it's really all about and watch them play a lot this year."

Harris's main recruiting contact at Louisville is assistant Walter McCarty. Harris says he's developed a strong relationship with the former NBA power forward.

"I talk to Coach McCarty," Harris said. "He talks to my dad mostly but I call him probably like every two weeks. He's been pretty straight (forward) and pretty cool. When I came down the first time for the visit he showed me around and it was a nice visit. He seems like a good coach that teaches a lot. So that's really what I want."

Harris also said he plans to trim his list down after visiting Louisville later this month.

"I'm going to narrow down my list to 12 or 13 schools in late September or early October," Harris said. "I'm really going to be watching a lot of college basketball this year to see where I can fit in. I don't want to cut things off right now and miss a good school. So I want to take my time."

What will constitute a good fit for Harris? "Coaching staff, style of play, the environment and atmosphere of the school. That will help me determine if it's the right spot for me," Harris said.

Besides Louisville, the 6-foot-8, 210-pound Harris said that Marquette, Maryland, Rutgers, USC, Georgetown, West Virginia and Wake Forest stand out on his current list. It's a list that includes several Big East programs.

"There's a lot of others but those (programs) really stand out," Harris said. "Most of the schools that have offered me are from the Big East. Coach Pitino said it's the toughest league and it's where you're really going to improve your game."

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