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Montrezl Harrell is free to move about the country

Montrezl Harrell’s commitment to Virginia Tech is no more. Harrell has been granted a release from his letter of intent and his recruitment is now completely wide open.

He can expect contact from UK in 3… 2…

Article written by Drew Franklin

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44 Comments for Montrezl Harrell is free to move about the country

  1. chris
    2:43 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    bout time…lets finish this class and get on with it

  2. bigabes4uk
    2:50 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    Get him now Cal! I honestly believe that this guy truly wants to be a Cat!! We will be all set with Harrell on board. Quick skilled guards, shot blocking presence, athleticism like crazy on the wings, banger down low, spot up shooter, and the best coach in the business! lets do this!!

  3. Hicks
    2:52 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    I’m all for some more depth but why exactly do we want him so badly? Is he better than Wiltjer and would come in and start? Is he better than Poythress at the 4 since he would be getting the backup minutes? I doubt he would steal any minutes from Cauley in the big rotation, it seems like every single recruiting service has Cauley rated higher, granted he plays a different position. I just don’t want to reach if there’s no reason to. Would Harrell be the lowest rated recruit in the Calipari era?

  4. Shoto
    2:53 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    He will have to weight the idea of being recruited over every year as Cal is always looking for the best. Is he confident enough to think he can compete with anyone? Is he like Kyle W and wants to play with the best for four years to be his best? If neither of those apply may be best for him to look else where if he wants to be the man four 3-4 years.

  5. motodog
    2:57 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    From the little bit I’ve seen, this kid seems to have a lot more ability than Cauley. (who looks more like a project)

  6. BPsycho
    2:57 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    #4 I think if he comes here we will be chasing #9. Leading him strait to the draft baby lol


  7. UK_Coach
    2:58 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    Hicks #4, c’mon man. YouTube this guy and understand.

    Tell me you don’t see how he would fit in perfectly!!!

    I hope this guy ends up in Kentucky Blue! Would be a great fit! Coach Cal could develop him quickly and utilize his skills perfectly!

    Really looks like a right handed Terrance Jones

  8. Adam
    3:02 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    He will not be a Cat! Media keeps throwing UK around, but not real interest in bringing him in!

  9. tltaworl
    3:09 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t see Cal brining in another freshman that will most likely be here at least 2 years if not 3 or 4. Noel will play 38min a game and Wiltjer will play with the occasional small line up of Harrow, Goodwin, Poythress, Twany/Hood, Noel. We are slim but we will have 7 players with Cauley.

  10. Hicks
    3:15 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    #7 I realize we need a rebounder and defender at the 4, but I’ve watched all the youtube videos and I saw a guy with a great motor and good athleticism dunking and laying up on a bunch of 6’4 white kids. What I’m saying is with the addition of Mays and versitility of Poythress, Cal might already have his lineup set. Harrow, Mays, Goodwin, Poythress and Noel with Wiltjer first off the bench which makes me feel like this kid would come in and play Stacey Poole mintues. But if he ends up here I’ll be perfectly fine with it.

    3:21 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    Ya lo verily I say unto you .”And Cal did gaze upon the recruit and evaluate him” ..”and Cal did sayeth unto is assistants” Go forth and make him an offer or Not…and it was Good….( Cal will figure it out, quit worrying )

  12. motodog
    3:21 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    #10 This team isn’t as talented as years before..6 deep won’t get it done.

  13. GGreen
    3:21 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    For those who don’t know about this kid, this kid has the motor of a Kidd-Gilchrist mixed with the body of a Anthony Bennett and the “hops” of a Bledsoe. He’s highly under-rated. Any team would be fortunate to snatch him. This is why Cal likes him. Despite the length of Noel, Poythress, Cauley, and Wiltjer, we have no real “bangers” down low for next year! Having someone fulfill the Terrence Jones role he played on the team this past season would be helpful in order to go deep in the tournament. Poythress is good but this kid Harrell is 6-7 230 AT LEAST! That’s why getting the kid would be VERY HUGE to our team!

  14. Hicks
    3:33 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    #12 I threw Cauley in the mix and I’m expecting a little something from both Twany and Hood but I know what you’re saying we need one more.

  15. average fan
    3:35 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    Man I want this guy. Could be a star on the college level but not be able to make the jump to the nba right away.

  16. GGreen
    3:45 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    We’ve all seen Wiltjer’s defense last year… nothing impressive. Hopefully he works on that this summer. We can’t rely strictly on Noel to block EVERY shot down low. The more big bodies in the mix to help, the better. Not too sure about Cauley’s defense – but with his height he should be effective – probably later than sooner. Getting this Harrell kid would give KY much needed size. Someone to guard the “UT Stokes” bodies out there. Other than possibly Noel and Poythress, there’s no guaranteed defensive threat on this team to guard the big power forwards out there. Harrell could easily be a “fan favorite”!

  17. Maggard
    4:06 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    If you were a premium member on my site you would have known that Cal wasn’t interested in Jefferson and is not interested in Harrell. He is done recruiting for 2012.

  18. Seymour
    4:12 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    Defense could be a serious problem for this team. Harrell would be a defensive asset and would continue to be an asset for multiple years. I am a little tired of this playing with 6-8 players anyway. What’s wrong with having 9 or 10 who are capable of getting a few minutes? Get him if you can. He will decide whether or not sitting the bench at UK vs PT somewhere else is in his best interest.

  19. Frosty
    4:14 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    Cal is not going to recruit Harrell.

  20. Seymour
    4:16 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    If I were a premium member at your site #18, I would be seeking medical attention.

  21. Frosty
    4:19 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    21, If you rely on this site for your recruiting info, then you are a poor misguided soul. Cal is not going to recruit Harrell. He is done with 2012 recruiting.

  22. Frosty
    4:20 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    Matt Jones and Drew know nothing about recruiting.

  23. tltaworl
    4:24 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    #12, the rest of the country is not as talented either.

  24. Ryan Lemond Needs a Corndog
    4:24 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    Frosty…if you know so much, share your knowledge instead of just spouting off stuff. Where’s your proof coming from?

  25. Marc Maggard
    4:29 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink


  26. GGreen
    4:31 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone who believes Cal doesn’t want this kid or that BBN wouldn’t benefit from having this kid on the team is smoking corn crack.

  27. Marc Maggard
    4:33 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink


  28. GGreen
    4:38 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    @ Marc: name your source or shut up. But to act like you’re some “insider” w/out is nonsense unless you can back it up with sources. We’re all waiting… oh, btw: when we google your name, it comes up that you’re some kind of “troll” or something. whats up with that? And we’re supposed to believe you bc you can type with ALL CAPS!? get outta here with that lol

  29. Ridge Runner
    4:38 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    Are many folks just excited to get a guy signed? I will take whatever Cal chooses or doesn’t choose and be satisfied at this late stage —but the hype over getting this kid is really a bit strange.

  30. Marc Maggard
    4:43 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    Click on my name and you will see my website. I have been scout for over 17 years. No, I will not divulge my sources as they will not give me info.

  31. theWilkman
    5:05 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    No one wants to go to your paysite. Go away

  32. CATS
    5:16 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    Only time will tell if Cal will go after this guy or not. So stop feuding until the time comes for Harrell to decide. Then whoever is right can gloat all they want.

  33. Big Blue 66
    5:24 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    oh for the love of god would maggard stay off of this site. Maggard has zero sources and less “scouting” ability and on top of that is an arrogant pri*k

  34. Big Blue 66
    5:26 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    you will also notice that maggard will only speculate on 50/50 situations, that way he has a shot at being right…….throw a dart at a board would give you better results

  35. Joseph
    5:26 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t understand some peoples logic with Harrell. Maybe he’s not as good as Poythress. So what? He’s a top 10 player in the country. Darius Miller wasn’t as good as MKG, but he played a vital role in us winning the championship and added depth to the team. Not saying Harrell is a Miller type, but saying he could end up being just as useful to this years team as Miller was to lasts. The kid has a lot of talent and upside and we need depth off the bench. Go get em’ Cal

  36. Will Totten
    5:28 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    Nerd Fight!!!!

  37. Big Blue 66
    5:30 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    36. who are you saying is a top 10 player Poythress? Cause Harrell was somewhere around 80 or something

  38. Marc Maggard
    5:40 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    Gee, I told everyone the night before Teague made his announcement to go to his high school in Indy as he was going to announce for UK over Louisville, where everyone thought he was going. Don’t think I would organized a caravan from Lexington if I was banking on 50 % odds.

  39. Frosted Tips
    6:38 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    Go back to your hole, Marc Maggot. You are an idiot and a douchebag who knows absolutely nothing about basketball. I can’t believe there are still retards out there who pay for your trashy website.

  40. NL
    7:49 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    I know Cal likes teams with 6-8 man rotations, but eventually that is going to hurt us. Anyone ever hear of a little thing called injuries? Anyone remember 97 when Derek Anderson got hurt? What about foul trouble? Do you guys remember Wiltjer’s defense last season? Lets be honest, even last years team was one injury away from exiting the big dance pre-final four. We have 13 scholarships so if we see someone that can come in and add some depth to a position, why not bring him in?

    And stop saying that poythress is a 4 man…he is a 3 and will get beat up at the four spot. He is not going to be able to guard a high major power forward.

  41. Katdaddy
    8:11 pm May 17, 2012 Permalink

    I wanted this guy more than jefferson because we need some muscle! A couple of years under cal, and this kid could be a very productive player!

  42. MonsterMash24
    9:55 am May 18, 2012 Permalink

    Look folks!!! I want Harrell on UK’s team but it won’t help us next season anyway…but i want him here because he looks like a good player and we need a PF. All these people proclaiming that he is the lowest rated player being recruited,or lack of playing skill whatever…go fly a kite…i once remember a player who wasnt rated very highly and ended up being the best to play at UK (yes, Jamal Mashburn) so people please let’s let this play out..we need players…Cal needs to abandon the 6 only rule because u never know the injury bug could hit this team & that would put UK in rebuilding mode with not enough players. I say bring them on…13 is your limit so continue to sign them.

  43. MonsterMash24
    9:57 am May 18, 2012 Permalink

    #41 yes maybe so about Poythress getting beat up down the lane against bigger guys but what is Kyle going to do against them? He better get on the Jared Prickett workout regimen lol…