Harrell named to USA Basketball team

University of Louisville sophomore Montrezl Harrell has been selected to compete on the USA Basketball Men's U19 World Championship team. Harrell made the cut after three days of tryouts at the USA Basketball facility in Colorado Springs, Colo.

It's been quite a year for Montrezl Harrell.

Just over one year after committing to the University of Louisville, Harrell has helped the Cardinals to the NCAA national title, he helped the USA U18 team to a Gold medal and now gets another chance at gold.

The 6-foot-8, 235-pound sophomore has been tabbed one of 12 players on the roster for the USA Basketball U19 World Championship team that was announced early Tuesday morning by USA Basketball after tryouts in Colorado Springs, Colo.

"It's an honor," Harrell said by phone. "It's great to be able to go and represent your country. I am excited."

Harrell is also playing at a high level. U of L coach Rick Pitino told Cardinal Authority on Monday that Harrell was "in great shape" and had looked extremely solid in individual instructions before he left for the tryouts.

"I've been trying to work hard," Harrell said. "There are things I have to work on and playing against this competition is only going to help me."

A native of Tarboro, N.C., Harrell averaged 6.4 points and 3.2 rebounds in 14.8 minutes a game as a freshman for the Cardinals. He had a season-high 20 points in a Big East Tournament championship win against Syracuse.

Florida's Billy Donovan will coach the team, which will play in the World Championships from June 27-July 7 in Prague, Czech Republic.

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