Carolina Challenge: UVa Has Offered Super Soph

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Montrezl Harrel

Montrezl Harrell was relatively quiet in games one and three at the Carolina Challenge, but in game two he really showed off his abilities on the offensive side of the ball. The 6-6 1/2, 215-pound forward scored inside and out in game two, finishing with 19 points in the contest. Harrell demonstrated a nice outside stroke on Saturday, but this offseason the North Edgecombe (Tarboro, N.C.) sophomore wants to continue to improve his perimeter skills.

“I’m 6-6 1/2 now. When I go to college, I’m probably not going to play the post against guys that are 6-10, so coaches tell me to work on my ball-handling and shooting and that’s what I’ve been doing,” said Harrell, who added that his strengths right now are rebounding, put backs and shooting. He says he averaged a triple-double this past season.

Playing against other top prospects at the Carolina Challenge was an opportunity Harrell was happy to take advantage of.

“I love it. I’m very fortunate to be out there as one of the top 80 prospects. There are a lot of great players that aren’t out there,” Harrell said on Saturday.

Don’t be surprised if Harrell’s offer list rises significantly this summer. For now, he boasts two Division 1 offers – South Carolina and Virginia. Wake Forest tops the list of other programs expressing interest.

“I’ve been watching them a lot. Both South Carolina and Virginia are good programs,” Harrell said. “Unfortunately for Virginia, their best player Sylven Landesberg was out due to academics. South Carolina has been doing good. They beat Kentucky.

“As far as going [on visits], I’ve been to Virginia and I liked the campus a lot. South Carolina’s trying to get me down to visit bad.”