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Montrezl Harrell wins Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award

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LOS ANGELES, Ca. - University of Louisville junior forward Montrezl Harrell has been selected as the recipient of the inaugural Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award presented by cConnect by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Harrell averaged 15.7 points (eighth in the ACC), 9.2 rebounds (second in the ACC, 32nd in the nation) and shooting 56.6 percent from the field (third in the ACC, 22nd in the nation). He helped the Cardinals post a 27-9 record and reach their fifth NCAA Elite Eight in the past eight years.

Malone presented the award to Harrell at the ESPN College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy's from Club Nokia in Los Angeles on Friday night in a live presentation on ESPN2. The other four finalists for the Malone Award included Gonzaga's Kyle Wiltjer, Iona's David Laury, Iowa State's Georges Niang, and Kansas' Perry Ellis. The winner was determined by a combination of fan votes and input from the Basketball Hall of Fame's selection committee.

Honored on the All-ACC second team, Harrell is Louisville's career leader in dunks with 221. He slammed 80 dunks this season, second only to himself in a single season at UofL. He had a school-record 97 dunks as a sophomore.

Vocal team leader has scored in double figures in 40 of his last 47 games, including 26 games with 15 points or more. He has 25 career double-doubles, including 13 as a junior (led ACC, 32nd in the nation). He grabbed at least seven rebounds in 24 games and blocked a shot in 25 games.

A 6-7 forward from Tarboro, N.C., Harrell was named to the 2015 All-ACC Academic Men's Basketball team and was the ACC Player of the Week three times. He totaled 1,294 points in his three seasons (tied for 31st all-time at UofL). He finished his career with 777 rebounds, just 36 short of the top 15 in career rebounds at Louisville. He will forego his final season with the Cardinals to enter the NBA Draft.