BOZICH | Harrell, Rozier not ready to make NBA decisions yet
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WDRB) – Expectations around the University of Louisville basketball program have been that Terry Rozier, a sophomore, and Montrezl Harrell, a junior, will depart for professional basketball next season.
But neither Rozier nor Harrell was ready to announce a decision after the Cardinals lost to Michigan State, 76-70, in overtime in the final of the East Regional at The Carrier Dome Sunday.
Both players said they needed more time to process the loss, which ended Louisville's season one game short of the Final Four, and to analyze their futures.
Harrell participated on Senior Day ceremonies on March 7 during Louisville's final home game.
“I haven't even been thinking about that,” Rozier said. “(I need to) sit down with Coach (Rick Pitino) and talk with my family.”
“It's very heart-breaking when you lose an overtime game like that,” Harrell said.
“I'm not worried about that right now. That's not what I'm here to talk about.
“I just took a tough loss with my teammates, really that's not the way I wanted to end my season. That's not what I'm worried about right now. This is the end of my college career junior year.”
Rozier scored 13 points, missing 17 of 23 shots and only getting to the line for one free throw but played all 45 minutes, including most of the second half with an injured left hand.
Harrell contributed 16 points and nine rebounds as well as a team-leading four assists.
The latest NBA mock draft at DraftExpress.com projects Harrell as the 21st pick in the first round at a salary slot of $1.2 million. After starting the season projected as a first-round selection, Rozier is ranked the 37th best prospect.
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