Perhaps no player in college basketball improved as much from his freshman season to his sophomore campaign as Louisville’s Montrezl Harrell. Harrell, who was largely a role player on UL’s 2013 title team, boosted his scoring average to 14 points per game and his rebounding average to over eight rebounds per contest this past season, becoming one of the biggest mismatches in the paint in the country. In fact, Cardinals fans were worried that his emergence would lead to the forward leaving school early for the pros. Well, worry no more, Cardinals fans.
Monday afternoon, Harrell tweeted that he’d be returning to the Cardinals for his junior season.
Been on my mind heavy but I love the feeling of being a Louisville cardinal an I will be wearing this for the next yr pic.twitter.com/xuOGr4nsc3
— Montrezl Harrell (@MONSTATREZZ) April 14, 2014
Harrell had been slotted by most NBA scouts as a late first-round pick, so it’s not as-if he’s passing up a chance at being a top overall selection for another year. Regardless, this instantly makes Louisville a contender in both the ACC and the NCAA Tournament next year.