Montrezl Harrell

Knee injury ends adidas Nations camp for Louisville’s Montrezl Harrell

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In addition to welcoming some of the country’s best prep talent, the adidas Nations camp in Los Angeles also brings together some of the better college basketball players who serve as counselors for the event.

One of those counselors was none other than Louisville sophomore forward Montrezl Harrell, who with the departure of big man Gorgui Dieng will be asked to do more of the heavy lifting after serving as a reserve on a team that won the national title in April.

There was a bit of a scare on Saturday, as Harrell went down with a knee injury that forced him to return to Louisville.

The immediate question was just how serious was Harrell’s injury, but according to Steve Kyler of Hoopsworld the 6-8 power forward underwent an MRI that showed no damage to the knee. To say the least this would be good news for Louisville as they look to defend their national title in 2013-14.

This has been a busy offseason for Harrell, who averaged 5.7 points and 3.6 rebounds in just over 16 minutes per game as a freshman. Also a member of the United States’ under-19 team, Harrell averaged 10.6 points and 3.7 rebounds per game on a team that won the Under-19 World Championships last month in Prague, Czech Republic.

Louisville doesn’t lack for depth in the front court, with NCAA tournament MOP Luke Hancock (8.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg) and upperclassmen Chane Behanan (9.8, 6.5) and Stephan Van Treese (1.7, 3.1) all back from last season’s team. Also looking to crack the rotation in 2013-14 are 6-10 center Mangok Mathiang, who redshirted last season, and 6-9 freshman Akoy Agau.

Louisville’s Rick Pitino on allegations: ‘We will get through this’

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Rick Pitino remains defiant that his program will survive the allegations in a book by an escort alleging that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.

Pitino said Tuesday that the Cardinals “will get through this the right way.”

The coach told a packed room at a tipoff luncheon that he understands the motivation behind Katina Powell’s book “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” but questions the need for the alleged activities given the talent his program has produced.

Pitino added, “We will find out the truth, whatever it may be, and those responsible will pay the price.”

Georgia Tech lands Class of 2016 guard

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Georgia Tech picked up its third Class of 2016 commitment on Tuesday as the Yellow Jackets landed a pledged from three-star guard Josh Okogie.

The 6-foot-4 guard is considered the No. 143 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016 rankings and Okogie played with a very talented Team CP3 in the Nike EYBL. In 22 games this spring and summer, Okogie averaged 10.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 45 percent from the field.

Okogie joins three-star wing Christian Matthews and four-star big man Romello White in head coach Brian Gregory’s Class of 2016 at Georgia Tech. The group is definitely a solid influx of talent with some coming from successful grassroots programs.