Louisville head coach Rick Pitino announced that junior forward Montrezl Harrell and sophomore guard Terry Rozier will be heading to the NBA, according to The Courier-Journal:
“They’re both leaving, yes, 100 percent,” Pitino told reporters. “And it’s the right thing to do for both of them. You all may have some doubts about Terry, but I don’t.”
The announcement comes a day after the Cardinals were upended by Michigan State in the Elite Eight. Harrell had 16 points, nine rebounds and four assists in the loss, but he didn’t notch a field goal for the last 34 minutes of the game. Rozier really struggled after several strong games in the tournament, scoring 13 points on 6-of-23 shooting.
Harrell was viewed as a possible first-round pick last year, but he chose to come back for his junior season. He averaged 15.7 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks while shooting 56.6 percent from the field. A superb athlete, the 21-year-old is at No. 21 in DraftExpress’ mock draft.
Rozier led the Cardinals in scoring at 17.1 points per game, and he also averaged 5.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists. But while he led the team in scoring, he shot just 41.1 percent overall and 30.6 percent from three. There’s an outside chance he goes in the first round, but he’s likely a second-round pick.
However, Rozier wants to head to the NBA now to help his family financially.