Harrell, Rozier both headed to NBA Draft

University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino confirmed the expected on Monday afternoon, junior Montrezl Harrell and sophomore Terry Rozier will turn pro. Pitino said both are "100 percent" headed to the NBA Draft. Here's the latest:

It didn't take long for University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino to confirm what we had been expecting - two players are leaving the program for the NBA.

Pitino said on Monday during his season wrap-up press conference that junior Montrezl Harrell and sophomore Terry Rozier were both "100 percent" going to turn professional and put their names into the NBA Draft.

"They're both leaving, yes, 100 percent," Pitino said. "It's the right thing to do for both of them. You may have some doubts about Terry, but I don't."

Harrell went through Louisville's Senior Day festivities and Pitino has said all season he expected Rozier to make the jump. Neither player would talk about their futures on Sunday after U of L's season-ending 76-70 loss to Michigan State in the East Region final.

"I'm not here to talk about that," Harrell said. "I just took a tough loss with my teammates and that's not how I wanted to end my season."

Harrell returned after his sophomore season to try and improve his stock and is expected to be a first-round draft pick.

"I've had a good year," he said. "I'm glad I came back and did what I did, but I wanted it to end a little better. It's heartbreaking to lose like this."

Harrell finished with 16 points, nine rebounds, four assists, one block and one steal in 42 minutes during his final game. He had 1,294 career points and tied former U of L guard Jeff Hall for 31st on the school's all-time list.

Rozier had 13 points, eight rebounds, four steals and three assists in 45 minutes. He was just 6 of 23 from the field and had three turnovers. He led the Cardinals in scoring and had more points than any other U of L sophomore in school history.

Rozier had been projected as a first-round pick but now has slid out of the first round in most mock drafts.

"Terry looks at home and sees his mom working two jobs, and she's going 16, 17 hours a day," Pitino said. "And he says, 'OK, maybe I wouldn't be drafted as high as I would be if I waited one more year, but I'd rather sacrifice that for my mom."


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