CSNwashington.com's coverage leading up to the 2015 NBA Draft will include profiles of prospects as well as their potential fit on the Wizards. Washington currently owns the 19th and 49th selections.
Montrezl Harrell, PF, Louisville
6'8" | 253 lbs. | 21 years old
15.7 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, 59.7 FT%, 35.1 minutes
19 to 30
Trey Lyles (Kentucky), Jarell Martin (LSU) (Virginia)
The MVP of the 2012 Capital Classic originally committed to Virginia Tech before switching to Louisville after the Hokies fired Seth Greenberg. ...Improved his scoring and rebounding over each of his three seasons. ...Old school power forward with a comic book wingspan (7-foot-4). ...Mid-range jumper improved over time, but hardly smooth on the perimeter. Bulk of his scoring will come around the rim, running the court and via putbacks. Grabbed 3.2 offensive rebounds per game last season.
He said it:
"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." -- Harrell (via CSNchicago.com)
Fit for the Wizards:
There are different types of power forwards. The sense is that Washington wants to invest in one of those modern types with a perimeter game. That's not Harrell, not at all. However, using the energetic, powerful and lengthy force in small-ball lineups would give John Wall a vicious rim-to-rim runner in the open court and Coach Randy Wittman an interesting look at center when Marcin Gortat sits. Sometimes a game comes down to a single rebound. Game 5 against the Hawks comes to mind. Harrell is the guy you want in the lane in those spots, especially on the offensive end. Of course, unless he can dramatically improve his free throw shooting, Harrell might not be a guy you want on the court in the final minute of a tight game. If the Wizards look to move Nene this offseason or simply note the big Brazilian's contract expires next summer or desire another interior option should Kevin Seraphin leave in free agency, adding another burly big man might be the way to go.
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