Montrezl Harrell was projected to be taken in the middle of the first round of the NBA Draft.
But Harrell unexpectedly slipped out of the first round and was taken with the 32nd pick - the second of the second round - by the Houston Rockets during the draft on Thursday night.
The 6-foot-8 Harrell, who won the inaugural Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year in college basketball, played three seasons at U of L before leaving for the draft. He opted not to come out after his sophomore season.
U of L coach Rick Pitino on Harrell's selection said, "Some players would have a chip on their shoulder to prove people wrong. Montrezl will have a boulder. . . . "
Harrell was second on the U of L team and eighth in the ACC at 15.7 points a game and was second in the ACC with 9.2 rebounds. He helped the Cardinals to an Elite Eight finish.
Harrell finished the season hitting 56.6 percent from the field and was a second-team All-ACC performer. He had 80 dunks as a junior and finished his career with a school-record 221 dunks and scored double-figures in 40 of his last 47 games.