Montrezl Harrell to return to UofL next season

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by WHAS11

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Posted on April 14, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 14 at 6:46 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- It's great news for Cards fans.

UofL forward Montrezl Harrell tweeted that he will be returning to the Cards next season.

There had been speculation that he would enter this summer's NBA draft but Montrezl made it official on Monday, April 14.

“This is obviously great news,” said UofL Coach Rick Pitino.  “Like (former UofL/current Minnesota Timberwolves center) Gorgui Dieng, he will benefit tremendously from playing his junior season.  We hope, like Russ Smith, that he can become a first-team All-America selection.  Montrezl is a Louisville man and we’re all very excited to have Montrezl as a co-captain with Wayne Blackshear.”

The American Athletic Conference Most Improved Player and a first-team all-conference selection, Harrell averaged 14.0 points, 8.4 rebounds and blocked 49 shots as a sophomore for the Cardinals (31-6).  He was sixth nationally in field goal percentage, connecting on 60.9 percent from the field, as UofL shared the American Athletic Conference title, won the league postseason tournament and reached the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16.

Harrell produced 12 double-doubles during the 2013-14 season, including 11 in the final 22 games.  He was named to the AAC all-tournament team, totaling 22 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots in the championship game against UConn.  His 97 dunks during the 2013-14 season shattered the previous season record of 59 and his 141 dunks in two seasons ranks third on the UofL career list.
 

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