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Harrell to visit Louisville May 31

We knew the visit to Louisville would be first, and now we know when it will happen. Montrezl Harrell will visit the Cards on May 31 as he tries to decide where to play after being released from his LOI at Virginia Tech. Harrell’s former high school coach A former coach (although not his actual high school coach) at Hargrave Military Academy where Harrell spent his senior year is on the staff at Louisville, and many believe that helps Louisville’s chances of landing him. It’ll be interesting to see if such a relationship carries more weight than the availability of playing time and track record of player development at the most visible school in the country, but it looks like the Cards will be one of UK’s main competitors for the final piece of the recruiting puzzle in the class of 2012.

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46 Comments for Harrell to visit Louisville May 31

  1. tdogg40330
    11:38 am May 20, 2012 Permalink

    Teague was suppose to play at UL too, how many players does Rick need by th way??

  2. Burly
    11:43 am May 20, 2012 Permalink

    Is his ex Coach really on UofL staff?

  3. Jack
    12:04 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink


  4. wasnothiscoach
    12:10 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    That was not his high school coach that joined UofL. Smh.

  5. barn
    12:11 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink


  6. Ville Cat
    12:12 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    Someone said in the post from yesterday that he would visit them at the end of the month and it would be his only visit. They maybe on to something but hope to at least get him here for a visit.

  7. Jack
    12:14 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    He was the former coach at Hargrave 5. Different time frames

  8. john
    12:17 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    Kevin Keatts is the coach on UofL’s staff that coached at Hargrave. UofL hired him away from Hargrave in April of 2011. At that time Harrell was still at North Edgecombe in NC. AW Hamilton(form Georgetown, KY) was Harrells coach at Hargrave this past year which was the only year Harrell played at Hargrave. Keatts never coached Harrell. Is it really that hard to understand?

  9. zeke69
    12:23 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    Who is Ricky going to run off to make room for him as they have no schollies open? They are four deep at PF and Behanan will get all the minutes there next year so what gives?

  10. big tim
    12:23 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    does louisville have a open scholarship or are they going to take somebody off scholarship i didnt think they had any

  11. big tim
    12:44 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    was buckles on scholarship

  12. CATS
    12:57 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    Buckles is on Scholarship, but even when injured he can’t be taken off scholarship. Many people think Rick will send Buckles to play at FIU with Richard Pitino. Maybe that’s where the scholarship will come from and open up room for Harrell.

  13. Dick10,000
    1:05 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    If we get this guy we have a great shot at #9. I hate to say it but Wiltjer’s defense wasn’t very good last year. That’s why Wiltjer didn’t play more minuetes. Harrell would be a starter on this team before the end of the year with great his jumping ability and long arms.

  14. art vandalay
    1:07 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    So his former high school coach is on staff at uofl?

    While it can’t hurt their chances having his HS coach recruiting him, you can’t think there are too many kids that would choose to join uofl’s 30 man bball team over a chance to play for UK.

  15. Basketball Head
    1:13 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    Harrell called Uk to ask them to recruit him! He wants to come here, just not sure about the interest on UK’s side. Really think they want to save the scholly for 2013! JMO though….

  16. big tim
    1:14 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    i thought buckles already left

  17. Beatle Bum
    1:26 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    Pitino needs to be called out for chasing off Swopshire and then attempting to land a new recruit.

  18. logic
    1:54 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    How was he supposed to land the new recruit unless he ran swop off.

  19. cracka
    1:54 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    i don’t understand why everyone thinks there is a roster situation with louisville … chris smith and kyle kuric graduated and jared swopshire is transferring … so, they’re losing 3 and only have 1 recruit at this point, terry rozier

    i don’t keep up with them much, but that’s what i can gather by looking at their roster and looking at … what am i missing here? i mean, they had more than 13 guys on the team last year, so i’m assuming some are walk-ons, but it looks like they have less than last year

  20. Jim
    1:54 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    According to the U of Smell blog site, they do not have a scholarship. They would have to run Buckles off to Florida International to play with little Ricky. Which would be a horrible thing since Buckles was injured and has been very loyal to Pitino. They cannot take Buckles off scholarship and make him a walk on. Apparently once you start on scholly, you have to stay there. If you start as a walk on, you can go on scholly and then go back to walk on. But you can’t if you start on scholly. They have no scholarships available.

  21. Jim
    1:55 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    The other option is that Rozier may not qualify academically, but they won’t know that until a week or two before the semester starts.

  22. cracka
    1:55 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    also, elisha justice is transferring

  23. I Say
    2:03 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    Do we really need this guy? We have Willie Cauley who can back up nerlens and is athletic enough to play the 4 too. I think Willie is gonna surprise a lot of people honestly. He has sat just outside of the 5 star range his entire recruitment. And he’s a 7 footer who runs like a gazelle. Don’t sleep on him

  24. AWAD
    2:05 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    C. Smith, Kuric and Justice were all walk ons last year. Rozier will be eligible. They will not have a scholarship. They will obviously move some one to walk on or they wouldn’t invite him to visit.

  25. Chris
    2:37 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    What track record of developing players? Even a retarded monkey could “coach” John Wall and Anthony Davis. SMH.

  26. Chris
    2:38 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    and i would know, because I am a retarded monkey

  27. Chris
    2:48 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    and I have sex with monkeys…

  28. Chris
    2:54 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    Apparently you agree with me 27 & 28. You mad?

  29. Fred
    3:02 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    Maggard has been saying for some time that Harrell will not be coming to UK. That their recruiting is done.

  30. I Say
    3:22 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    Chris you still mad? Haven’t beat us in three years. National Champs

  31. Jason
    3:22 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    Maggard doesn’t know nothing.

  32. I Say
    3:25 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    And I hate hearing Louisville fans say wait till we play at the yum center….ummm we spanked that ass by 15 last time we played at the yum center. Or was it 16?

  33. insider
    5:18 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    Supposedly, harrell does not want to play for a coach with a bloated gut or a double chin. So cow is out.

  34. insider
    5:53 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    He also doesn’t want to play for an adulterer and liar. So Pitino is out…

  35. truth
    6:01 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    Cow’s wife is a [email protected] She was married at the time cal first started working her over. So suck on that [email protected]

  36. truth
    6:16 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    But Rick P. is a bigger whore for messing with the skank Karen Sypher.

  37. Big Blue 66
    6:31 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    In Cal I trust, but people thinking that our season will be decided on landing the number 90 player in the country that originally set to go play at VT are crazy. If UL wants to let another 4 year, may break the line up guy in, then so be it. Now im also not dogging the guy, if Cal wants him, then by all means, lets get him in here, but everyone acts like this guy is the next mashburn and Im sorry, hes not.

  38. Duke sucks
    9:11 pm May 20, 2012 Permalink

    I’m with you 38. Just don’t see this kid being that much of a difference maker either way. I would like to land him but his presence will be felt 2 or 3 years down the road. We missed out on Bennett and Jefferson I think they were the only difference makers left. I’ll take Wiljer and the #1 class we will be o.k.

  39. Will S.
    10:43 am May 21, 2012 Permalink

    Here we go again. The entire BBN wants Harrel right now, but as soon as he commits to UF or UL, “we didn’t want him” “he’s overrated” “Calipari didn’t recruit him”. And the excuses start flooding in. Every recruit that chooses a different school all of a sudden “sucks” to BBN. Class at it’s best. UK will not be landing the #82 ranked player, Harrell. And even if you did, he’s an undersized PF that has major character questions. Please, feel free to add him to your lockerroom.

  40. Will S.
    10:44 am May 21, 2012 Permalink

    November 13th, get ready for Duke to whoop that azzz again. ^ of the last 7 times baby!!! Also, any updates on Noel’s eligibility? LMAO.

  41. Will S.
    10:44 am May 21, 2012 Permalink

    Duke took 6 of the last 7 vs UK. Really haven’t beaten Duke since Rupp left

  42. B-man
    11:04 am May 21, 2012 Permalink

    Will S. – So you are saying that since Duke won the last meeting in December 2001, they should win the next game? Interesting concept, but here’s a more recent/realistic analysis: Duke is coming off an impressive first round loss to #15 Lehigh in this year’s NCAA tournament…the same tourney UK won. You probably didn’t notice since it appears you were strolling down memory lane and basking in Duke’s six wins against UK from 1979-2001.

  43. Will S.
    1:09 pm May 21, 2012 Permalink

    And how many of those championship-winning players will be playing for UK next year? 1, right? Duke returns 4 starters from a 27-7 team that beat Michigan, Michigan State, Florida State, UNC, Kansas… also added 2 McD’s all-americans, and we have no eligibility questions. See you in Atlanta.

  44. Patrick B.
    10:52 am May 23, 2012 Permalink

    bringing in Noel is like have a roach knocking on your front door as in the orkin commercial.

  45. Patrick B.
    10:56 am May 23, 2012 Permalink

    u of k is the roach motel and Noels for college basketball , i hope that they put up the championship banner with velcro cause its coming down just like memphis and Umass.