As part of our coverage leading up to the 2015 NBA Draft we will provide profiles of more than 60 prospects, including video interviews with each player, what they're saying leading up to draft day as well as their potential fit on the Bulls.
Montrezl Harrell, F, Louisville
6'8" | 253 lbs. | 21 years old
15.7 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, 56.6 FG%, 35.1 minutes
Late lottery to mid-first round
"You can come in and play with high energy and high passion every night. It will take you a long way in the game. And that’s just what I bring to the table every night. Every time I step on the court, no matter if it’s workouts, no matter if it’s games or practice, I go 110 percent every time because that’s just the way I play."
Rotoworld mock draft selection:
19. Washington: Montrezl Harrell, F, Louisville – The Wizards have a great young backcourt in John Wall and Bradley Beal, and Otto Porter’s play in the postseason was hopefully a sign of things to come for him. The frontcourt could use some athleticism, especially at the power forward position, and Harrell would be a nice addition. I’ve never been big on using the word “motor” when describing how a player plays on the floor, but it seems right for Harrell. He is slightly undersized for the position, but he is strong and athletic, can run the floor well, and rebounds and defends as well as a player 3 or 4 inches taller than him. He would certainly give Wall another good option when wanting to pick up the pace on the floor.
Fit for the Bulls:
Imagining a frontcourt with Joakim Noah and Harrell would really be something. The energy the Louisville forward brings on a nightly basis can't be quantified, and at the next level he'll play a similar role to the one he played with the Cardinals. He's a bit undersized, and the dreadlocks and energy have brought on accurate comparisons to Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried. He probably doesn't fit with what the Bulls are trying to do, having already locked up Taj Gibson and Nikola Mirotic at the power forward position, but his addition would allow fewer minutes for Pau Gasol and Noah. He'd also be the perfect player for Tom Thibodeau to coach, though it remains to be seen whether or not Thibodeau will be in Chicago next year.