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The De-Evolution of Montrezl Harrell

Way back in the summer of 2012 members of the Big Blue Nation were introduced to the young man pictured above. The player was Montrezl Harrell, a top 100 player with loads of potential, who had been released from his letter of intent to Virginia Tech after Seth Greenberg was relieved of his duties. Among the list of the potential landing spots were Louisville and Kentucky but with his high school coach joining Pitino’s staff the choice was pretty clear. Monrezl choose to become a Cardinal in early June and the symptoms of L1C4 began to manifest shortly thereafter.

Montrezl (Freshman Year)

As a freshman on the 2013 national champion Cardinals, Montrezl’s playing time was limited and the spread of the Cardinal virus was held relatively in check. Against the Cats that year Harrell was held to just 7 points in 23 minutes while taking on a freshman Willie Cauley-Stein and Nerlens Noel. It was a solid start for the power forward and it looked like the Cards could have another well-respected rival in the mold of Gorgui Dieng or Peyton Siva.

Montrezl (Sophomore Year)

However, with Peyton and Gorgui leaving the Cardinal program as graduates rather than being booted off as is Cardinal tradition there was nobody left to mentor young Montrezl and the L1C4 virus truly began to transform the once mild-mannered teen. Gone was the reserved Montrezl Harrell. All that remained was the newly dubbed “Trezz”, a moniker coined by the Greater Louisville Society of DJs. The new Trezz flexed at every opportunity and  doubled his points per game. However against Kentucky and Willie Cauley-Stein in Rupp the story stayed the same. 6 points in 21 minutes. In the second meeting with the Cats he finished with 15 but fouled out and had to watch from the sidelines as UK rallied to win. It was assumed he’d end the spread of the L-mutation and leave for the NBA. That didn’t happen and now L1C4 has really taken hold.

Montrezl Circa December 2014

There have been few documented cases of L1C4 as astonishing as the one that has transformed Montrezl into Trezz. A tell-tale line beard has now manifested which illustrates there is no turning back and Harrell suffers from full blown L1C4. The dreads that have long plagued Louisville DE Lorenzo Mauldin also appear to be spreading. The only hope for Montrezl is another domination by Willie to send his record against Kentucky to 1-3.


Had Montrezl picked UK two years ago things would probably have been very different. Primarily Harrell would be in the NBA right now because his coach would have done what was right for the kid and sent him on to change his life. Thus it’s a bit difficult to see the kid who once held such potential fall prey to the illness that consumes so many that set foot on the Louisville campus. 



Article written by Andrew Cassady

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6 Comments for The De-Evolution of Montrezl Harrell

  1. hersheyisabear
    9:35 pm December 22, 2014 Permalink

    Dude is a turd. All he can do is dunk in the fast break. Terrible passer and shooter. Not worried at all. Guy will be benched with 2 fouls within 8 minutes of the first half.

  2. Time Expired
    10:33 pm December 22, 2014 Permalink

    I see no POY here in the least. He is over hyped and his team over rated. He will be no factor in the game against the Cats.

  3. UKBlue1
    10:37 pm December 22, 2014 Permalink

    Heard the kid talk on the news, WOW I still have no idea what he said. As fast as he talks, someone needs to get him some ADHD medicine.

  4. Guusje
    1:41 am December 23, 2014 Permalink

    Guys come on…I’m as big a Cats fan as anyone. The kid can play. Defensively he does pretty well, and while he not might be POY, his stats(albeit against much weaker opponents) are pretty good. He’s not the “turd” ya’ll are alluding to.

  5. TJY
    9:03 am December 23, 2014 Permalink

    I was big on Harrell until I looked up the AAC late last year. There wasn’t a team that had a starter, that was any good, above 6’9″. So I looked more into his stats and he hasn’t fared well against guys 6’10” and taller that could actually play. So all of those guys talking first team all American and POY need to understand his big numbers come against small comp and that is not the type of player that the POY is normally given to.

    My first thought it WCS will shut him down and then I remembered, he doesn’t have a jump shot so it would be a waste to have him guard him explicitly. If Poythress was healthy and he was our biggest guy, this would be a tough and close game this weekend. As it is, we are the type of team built to destroy a UofL type team. A beat down is coming in the 502 this weekend from the boys in Blue. CATS by 18.

  6. Big Mouth Kenny
    11:59 am December 23, 2014 Permalink

    Pure gold Drew! Make him play with his back to the basket and he does nothing but get people in the stands on the big screen when they catch the blocked shot!