Weight: 253 lb
Position: Power Forward
NBA Combine Measurements:
2014-2015 NCAA Statistics:
15.7 PTS 9.2 REB 1.4 AST 1.2 BLK 56.6 FG% 24.3 3PT% 59.7 FT%
Draft Projection: 1st Round Between Picks 15-20
NBA Player Comparison: Tristan Thompson
A man amongst boys, that’s the best phrase to describe Harrell once he steps on the court. While Montrezl is a bit undersized for the PF position, his tenaciousness and ability to be a fierce player both offensively and defensively on the block make up for that fact. Another element of Harrell’s game that helps the fact that he is undersized is that he actually knows how to box out. More and more often in today’s game you will see these athletic and tall big men jumping for the ball because they have been so used to being able to grab every missed shot, and then so often you see them missing out on a box-out that results in a key offensive rebound for the opponents. Harrell won’t let that happen when he plays.
Montrezl Harrell’s numbers in college will fool you a bit. The 15.7 ppg are not indicative of his true offensive capabilities. He just isn’t a scorer, the only reason for his increased scoring numbers are because of his 35 minutes per game average. That’s insane for a college player. He doesn’t have a polished post-game yet and is only beginning to develop an outside game. Lots of work has to be done before he gets a real shot in the NBA, but he took a great leap forward in his last season in college making vast improvements in almost every field.
NBADraft.net compared Harrell to J.J. Hickson and they were right on the money with that pick. You can read about their comparison here. I’m going to go a different route and compare him to Tristan Thompson. The reason for the comparison is that they both have an unwillingness to give up. Tristan Thompson has shown us this post-season what hustle can do for a team. Harrell will have a similar impact on an NBA team. For whatever minutes he gets, he will come in and put on a show. His offensive game is just not good enough yet for him to be an impactful player on both sides of the ball, so being a consistent starter during his career doesn’t look like the role for Harrell, unfortunately, but he still should have a great career.
Future Professional Potential: Energy Man Off the Bench