Former U of L basketball star Montrezl Harrell wins NBA Hustle Award Tuesday, Oct 13 2020 

By John McCarthy–

Former University of Louisville men’s basketball forward Montrezl Harrell has won the 2019-2020 NBA Hustle Award. Harrell is awarded the Hustle Award only a month after winning NBA Sixth Man of the Year last month.

The NBA Hustle Award is given to the player who displays the most effort and energy to help their team win throughout the season.

Harrell was moved to the Clippers via the Chris Paul trade that sent Paul to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Harrell played in 63 of Los Angeles’ games before the NBA was shut down in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

During those 63 games, Harrell put up record-setting numbers on the offensive end of the floor. He averaged 18.6 points per game, 7.1 rebounds per game, and a block and assist per game. Harrell collected these averages while only playing a slender 27 minutes per game over that timeframe.

The former Cardinal led the way in hustle stats for the NBA during the 2019-2020 season. Defensive box-outs, charges taken, and box-outs leading to a rebound are all plays Harrell would execute night in and night out.

Harrell has made the most of his NBA career so far and continues to excel. Harrell played three seasons for U of L. He helped lead Louisville to a national title during his collegiate career as a freshman and was awarded the Karl Malone Award in 2015 for his performance as a power forward.

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Louisville men’s basketball adds Gabe Wiznitzer to roster Thursday, Jul 9 2020 

By John McCarthy —

University of Louisville men’s basketball tacks on a much needed big man to their roster. Gabe Wiznitzer, a 6-11 center out of Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. signed his letter-of-intent July 8.

Wiznitzer joins Montrezl Harrell, Terry Rozier and Anton Gill as the fourth Cardinal to graduate from Hargrave before taking their talents to the Yum! Center. Wiznitzer averaged 14 points, 10 rebounds, and shot 42% from the three-point line during his career at Hargrave.

He originally planned to be apart of the 2021-2022 recruiting class but opted to join the 2020-2021 recruiting class instead. Witnitzer chose the Cardinals over Ohio State, LSU, Iowa and West Virginia.

“We’ve been looking to add a big man to our frontcourt for some time. Gabe presents really good size, good skill, and tremendous work ethic,” Louisville head coach Chris Mack said.

Wiznitzer began his high school career at The Christ School in Arden, N.C. before transferring to Hargrave. He averaged 13 points, 10 rebounds, and 2 blocks a game during his time at The Christ School.

In 2019 he transferred to Hargrave to prepare for his collegiate basketball career. Wiznitzer flourished during his time at Hargrave, adding to his stat line and gaining national attention for his skill set.

“Spending last year at Hargrave was a bonus in his development. Our intention is to redshirt Gabe to aid in that development. During this coming season, Gabe will train, practice, and travel throughout the entire season,” Mack said.

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