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Louisville to lose Terry Rozier, Montrezl Harrell to NBA Draft; Anton Gill to transfer


Rick Pitino announced during a press conference on Monday afternoon that both Montrezl Harrell and Terry Rozier will be declaring for the NBA Draft.

“They are both leaving,” he told reporters. “100 percent.”

It’s not a surprise that either player is leaving. It was long assumed that Rozier would be off to the NBA after this season, and Harrell actually surprised some folks when he decided to return to school for his junior season.

The Cardinals also lost sophomore guard Anton Gill to transfer on Monday, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com.

Rozier finished his sophomore year averaging 17.1 points and 3.0 assists, proving himself to be one of the smoothest scorers in this year’s draft class. A 6-foot-1 combo-guard, Rozier certainly has the athleticism and scoring ability to play in the NBA, but his lack of pure point guard skills limit his upside.

Harrell averaged 15.7 points and 9.2 boards as a junior, although he didn’t exactly improve his perimeter jumper the way that he had hoped. Harrell, who has a future in a Kenneth Faried-esque role at the next level, shot just 9-for-37 from three this season. Three of those nine threes game in the season-opener against Minnesota.

Draft Express currently projects Harrell as a mid-to-late first round pick while they have Rozier slotted in the early second round.

Gill played in 31 games and averaged 2.5 points per game during his sophomore campaign. He had a key stretch against N.C. State in the Sweet 16 in which Gill had three baskets during a six-minute stretch. The sophomore averaged 9.5 minutes per game.

No. 4 Louisville advances to Elite 8 with 75-65 win over No. 8 NC State

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Louisville, the No. 4 seed in the East Region, took down conference foe NC State, 75-65 , to advance to the program’s third Elite Eight in the last four years.

Terry Rozier led the way with 17 points and 14 rebounds. Montrezl Harrell had a game-high 24 points. Although, arguably the biggest contribution came from reserve guard Anton Gill, the Raleigh, North Carolina native. The sophomore guard was called upon in the second half after Wayne Blackshear picked up his fourth foul with 8:30 remaining. Gill responded by scoring seven of Louisville’s points during a critical 12-3 run.

NC State was up 54-53 when Gill connected on a go-ahead jumper. He followed that with a 3-pointer. After a pair of Rozier free throws, Gill knifed through the lane for a layup.

To put this all in perspective, Gill hadn’t scored a single point since Feb. 28 in a win over Florida State.

That was a month ago. It was during that time that the Cardinals stood at a crossroad in their season. Rick Pitino had dismissed senior guard Chris Jones from the program earlier that week, a necessary move after several off the court incidents. Without one of their top defensive pieces, the Cardinals had their questions entering March. Yet once again, Pitino has the Cards as one of the last eight teams standing:

Tom Izzo has received credit, and rightfully so, for another NCAA tournament run with Michigan State, a team Louisville could potentially face in Sunday’s East Regional final. But Pitino deserves some of his own for the work he’s done with this roster. Sure, Louisville has future NBA Draft picks Montrezl Harrell and Terry Rozier, but he’s also had to rely heavily on freshman guard Quentin Snider, and has been forced to turn to players like Gill. Even without Jones, Louisville’s defense has been effective, holding teams to under 40 percent shooting in the last two tournament games.

Critics will say Pitino has had an easy route to the Elite Eight. Northern Iowa was underseeded at No. 5, don’t make any mistake about that. Take a look at NC State’s roster. It doesn’t really fit a No. 8 seed’s profile. The Wolfpack proved talent was there with wins over Duke, North Carolina and Louisville. But losses to Wake Forest, Boston College and Wofford explain their inconsistency.

Pitino is one-game shy of another trip to the Final Four. A place that seemed unlikely a month ago.

Freshmen Tyus Jones, Melo Trimble among finalists for Bob Cousy Award

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Friday morning the finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, annually given to the nation’s best point guard by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, were announced. Among the players on the list are two of the nation’s best freshmen, Duke’s Tyus Jones and Maryland’s Melo Trimble.

They’re the only two first-year players on the list, which includes six seniors, five juniors and four sophomores.

From a conference standpoint the Pac-12 leads the way with four finalists, with Arizona’s T.J. McConnell, Cal’s Tyrone Wallace, Utah’s Delon Wright and Washington’s Nigel Williams-Goss being the players on the list. In total nine conferences are represented. Also making the cut is BYU junior Kyle Collinsworth, who has tallied an NCAA-record five triple-doubles this season.

Below is the list of finalists for the award, which was won by UConn’s Shabazz Napier last season.

2015 Bob Cousy Award Finalists

T.J. McConnell, Arizona (senior)
Kyle Collinsworth, BYU (junior)
Tyrone Wallace, California (junior)
Ryan Boatright, UConn (senior)
Tyus Jones, Duke (freshman)
Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga (senior)
Keifer Sykes, Green Bay (senior)
Yogi Ferrell, Indiana (junior)
Monte Morris, Iowa State (sophomore)
Terry Rozier, Louisville (sophomore)
Melo Trimble, Maryland (freshman)
Marcus Paige, North Carolina (junior)
Kris Dunn, Providence (junior)
Delon Wright, Utah (senior)
Nigel Williams-Goss, Washington (sophomore)
Juwan Staten, West Virginia (senior)
Fred Van Vleet, Wichita State (junior)