Louisville basketball formally announced the addition of Monrezl Harrell today via a release from the school on Tuesday.
"We are really excited to have Montrezl part of the Cardinal program," said Rick Pitino. "He's an explosive athlete, runs the floor extremely well and plays every second as if it's his last. He brings exactly what we need in an extremely physical front line player to make us one of the better rebounding/blocked shots frontcourts in the nation."
Some more info. from the release:Harrell averaged 25.2 points, 13.6 rebounds and three blocks last season for Hargrave, which posted a 38-1 record and finished as the national prep runner-up. Hargrave fell 87-76 to Brewster Academy in the national prep championship in its only loss of the season. Harrell is rated by Scout.com as the No. 72 overall prospect in the class of 2012, is listed No. 89 in the ESPNU Top 100 and is rated 82nd nationally by Rivals.com.
He was named the MVP of two post-season all-star games in April. He scored 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the U.S. All-Stars over the Capital All-Stars 105-93 in the Capital Classic in Alexandria, Va. on April 21. He produced 22 points, 12 rebounds and seven blocked shots -- including a swat in the closing seconds to preserve the victory -- to lead the East team to a 84-82 win in a Jordan Brand Classic regional game in Charlotte, N.C. on April 14.
Harrell is among 23 of the nation's top 18-year-old and younger players who will participate in the 2012 USA Basketball Men's U18 National Team Training Camp starting June 5 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The 12-man team, which will be coached by Florida's Billy Donovan, will be selected prior to the team's June 1
It has also been announced that Harrell will wear No. 24 for the Cardinals next season, meaning Chane Behanan will be sporting new digits. Behanan took over the 24 jersey after Russ Smith opted to make the switch to No. 2 for 2011-12.
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