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Most prognosticators have Kentucky as the preseason No. 1. I'm one of the few who has gone with Louisville. I'm feeling better about that pick after watching Montrezl Harrell during the U-19 World Championship.
All Louisville really needs from Harrell is for him to be a good finisher and a presence on the defensive end. He was that and more at the U-19s, showing off some nice post moves during the tournament. Harrell, who started at center, averaged 10.6 points (third on the team) and led the U.S. with 10 blocks. He was at his best in the championship game, finishing with 17 points, four blocks and four rebounds.
Harrell also got good reviews at the Adidas Nations, where he hyper-extended his knee but will only miss three weeks, Rick Pitino told Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com. Harrell should be ready to take over for Gorgui Dieng once the season begins, and his summer performance suggests he could be an upgrade on the offensive end.