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Montrezl Harrell Named ACC Player Of The Week And CBS National Player Of The Week

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For the second time in this short season, Montrezl Harrell has been named both a conference and national player of the week.

The first honor came from the ACC, which crowned Trez as its top performer for the second time in the first five weeks of the season.

Harrell, also named the National Player of the Week by CBSSports.com, averaged 20.0 points, 14.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and shot 63.3 percent from the field in a pair of Louisville victories.  He totaled 21 points, 11 rebounds, seven dunks and two steals against Indiana in the Jimmy V Classic as he became the Cardinals' career dunk leader (165).  The Tarboro, North Carolina, native produced his 17th career double-double and his fifth straight with 19 points, a career-high 17 rebounds, two blocked shots and two steals in Sunday night's win over UNC Wilmington.  Harrell has scored in double figures in an ACC-leading 21 consecutive games and is averaging a double-double on the season (17.0 points, 10.4 rebounds).  He ranks 11th in the nation in rebounding.

The second honor, as referenced by the ACC, came from CBS, which also named Harrell as the nation's best player for a second time.

The 6-foot-8 forward just averaged 20.0 points and 14.0 rebounds in wins over Indiana and NC-Wilmington, which is good enough to make him theCBSSports.com National Player of the Week for the second time this season.

Harrell was also the Player of the Week on November 17th.

He's averaging 17.0 points and 10.4 rebounds per game on the season.

He's the only player on a nationally ranked team who is averaging a double-double.

Trez said a lot of things after Sunday night's game, and those carry far more weight when you have honors like these to prop them up. Harrell's earned the right to call people out, and now it's on the other guys in that locker room to heed those words and step their effort up.