After Louisville had its season end on Sunday, losing to Michigan State in the Elite Eight, the program found out on Monday that it’s two biggest stars have decided to declare for the NBA Draft.
With both Montrezl Harrell and Terry Rozier projected to be first-round picks and with their stock high after coming off a good showing in the NCAA Tournament, they decided they wanted to chase their NBA dreams.
In a news conference on Monday, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino said that they were both headed to the NBA and that it was in their best interest to do so.
“They’re both leaving, yes — 100 percent,” coach Rick Pitino told reporters at a Monday news conference, one day after the Cardinals were stopped short of the Final Four by Michigan State. “And it’s the right thing to do for both of them.”
Harrell, a 6’8″, 240-pound junior forward, is coming off a season in which he averaged 15.7 points (second on the team) to go with a team-high 9.2 rebounds per game while shooting .566 percent from the field. According to NBADraft.net, they have Harrell going to the Houston Rockets with the 13th pick.
Rozier, a 6’1″, 190-pound sophomore guard, is coming off a season in which he averaged a team-high 17.1 points to go along with 5.6 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game, while shooting .411 percent from the field and .306 percent from three-point range. NBADraft.net has Rozier going to the Oklahoma City Thunder with the 19th pick.