Montrezl Harrell was one of the main reasons that Louisville was able to take down 13-seed Manhattan, despite receiving the Jaspers’ best shots. The athletic forward scored 12 points, grabbed 13 key rebounds, and added four blocks in the 71-64 win that was much closer than the score would indicate.
After the game, Harrell discussed the fear of losing, and how it drove the team to win. The quote is probably more interesting than he intended it to be:
Montrezl Harrell: “You start to play with that fear in your belly, like if you don’t get going, you might never put on this uniform again.”
— Eric Crawford (@ericcrawford) March 21, 2014
Harrell is a Sophomore, so the most likely reason that he would not put the Louisville uniform back on is if he declares for the NBA Draft. That is probably not what he insinuated, but with the way Harrell has broken out down the stretch this season, that is a distinct possibility.
The idea of “playing with fear in your belly” and the “you may never wear this jersey again” lines are pretty common sports platitudes, but they’re far more intriguing coming from an underclassman, rather than someone like Russ Smith who will graduate this Spring.