Louisville's dunk king is headed to Houston.
Montrezl Harrell, who surprisingly slipped to the second round, was selected by the Rockets with 32nd overall pick of 2015 NBA Draft, making him the second Cardinal to hear his name called Thursday night. Harrell joins Terry Rozier, who was selected by the Boston Celtics with the No. 16 overall pick.
After coming off the bench and helping Louisville win a national championship as a freshman, Harrell thrived during his first spotlight college season of 2013-14, averaging 14.0 points and 8.4 rebounds. He developed post moves, a reliable baby hook in the lane, better rebounding instincts and a vastly improved mid-range jump shot. The improvements enabled him to post a double-double 11 times after the calendar flipped from 2013 to 2014, and carry the Cards to their third straight conference tournament championship.
After making the somewhat surprising decision to spurn the NBA two springs ago, Harrell left Louisville for good after a junior season in which he averaged career-bests in points (15.7 ppg), rebounds (9.2) and free-throw percentage (59.7%). He also helped guide the Cardinals into the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament for a third straight season.
Of course you can't tall about Montrezl Harrell's Louisville career without bringing up the dunks; the violent, beautiful, abounding dunks. After breaking the previous U of L single-season dunks record of 59, Harrell was asked how many he though he could finish with before the end of the year. His response of "100" elicited laughter from the reporters surrounding him as well as a couple of looks of disbelief from teammates within earshot. Harrell proceeded to finish the season with 98 dunks, the only total that sits above the 68 shots he crammed a year later.