Harrell ready to consider options

Montrezl Harrell, one of the top available 2012 prospects, received his release from Virginia Tech Thursday and Sam Harrell, the prospect's father, told InsideTheVille.com that his son is ready to "move on with his recruiting."

Montrezl Harrell, one of the top available 2012 prospects, received his release from Virginia Tech Thursday and Sam Harrell, the prospect's father, told InsideTheVille.com that his son is ready to "move on with his recruiting."

The early schools under consideration for the 6'8, 235 pound Tarboro, NC power forward include Louisville, Kentucky, NC State, Florida and Alabama.

Harrell, the MVP of the Capital Classic and Jordan Brand Regional all-star games, signed with the Hokies last fall but asked for a release from his letter of intent earlier this month after Seth Greenberg was fired following a 15-17 season. A powerful interior prospect who excels on the boards, plays bigger than his size and runs the court figures to be an impact player at the next level right away.

Louisville's connection to Harrell is assistant Kevin Keatts, who recruited the four-star prospect to Hargrave Military Academy before joining Rick Pitino's coaching staff last spring. Harrell played for Keatts' former assistant, A.W. Hamilton, at Hargrave this year. Louisville 2013 commit Anton Gill will attend the Virginia prep school next season.

With Chane Behanan and Gorgui Dieng established starters, Harrell could play a key role at Louisville next season as a top frontcourt reserve on a team considered one of the favorites to win the NCAA championship. Harrell could step in for Behanan the following year if the talented sophomore forward, who was the NCAA West Region MVP, leaves for the NBA after next season. Harrell's addition would strengthen Louisville's claim as the team to beat in college basketball next season.

Harrell would likely play behind projected starting forwards Kyle Wiltjer and Alex Poythress in a rebuilding situation at Kentucky next season. A possible concern with the Wildcats is if John Calipari will target a one and done prospect at Harrell's position in the 2013 recruiting class - always a distinct possibility.

Erik Murphy and C.J. Leslie are established starters at power forward at Florida and NC State. Alabama is looking to replace starting forward JaMychal Green, who graduated. The Crimson Tide already have an early 2013 commitment from four-star PF Shannon Hale.


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