|Full Name:||Montrezl Harrell|
|Place of Birth:||Tarboro, North Carolina|
|Parents:||Samuel and Selena Harrell|
Montrezl Harrell, a second-round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, has developed into a high-quality offensive center in the NBA. At only 6-7, he played primarily power forward during his NCAA career at the University of Louisville. Drafted in the second round by the Houston Rockets, Harrell’s toughness allowed him to play well as a backup center.
Harrell was traded to the Los Angeles Clippers as part of a large package in exchange for Chris Paul. He and Lou Williams developed into one of the best pick-and-roll partnerships in the league, and the big man has been an important part of the Clippers’ success in recent seasons.
Harrell played at North Edgecomb High School before transferring to Hargrave Military Academy. There, he excelled with 25.2 points per game and 13.6 rebounds per game. Harrell led the team to a 38-1 record.
He initially committed to play college basketball at Virginia Tech. After Tech’s head coach was fired, Harrell was released from his commitment and chose to play at the University of Louisville.
Harrell began his NCAA career as a backup, but his role grew throughout his freshman year and he scored 20 points as the Cardinals defeated Syracuse for the Big East Conference championship. The team then went on to win the NCAA national championship. In his second season, his production jumped from 5.7 points per game to 14 and from 3.6 to 8.4 rebounds per game.
He chose to stay for his junior year instead of declaring for the draft. In the 2014-2015 NCAA season, he averaged 15 points and 9.2 rebounds and won the Karl Malone award for the nation’s best power forward.
The Houston Rockets drafted Harrell with the 32nd overall pick in 2015. After appearing in only 39 games as a rookie, in his second year Harrell played 58 games and averaged 9.1 points per game, primarily off the bench. On January 8, 2017, he posted a career-high 28 points in only 26 minutes coming off the bench.
In the 2017 offseason, the Rockets traded seven players for the LA Clippers point guard Chris Paul. Harrell, Patrick Beverley, and Lou Williams all went on to play important roles for the Clippers in the coming seasons. In 2017-2018, Harrell averaged 11 points per game in 76 appearances.
In 2018, Harrell re-signed with the Clippers. His next season was his best yet. While still playing backup to DeAndre Jordan, Harrell averaged 26 minutes, 16 points, and 6.5 rebounds per game. Harrell was known particularly for his tenacious offensive rebounding. He set a new career high with 32 points against the Dallas Mavericks. The Clippers’ bench unit, led by Williams and Harrell, was one of the best scoring benches in the league, and Harrell appeared in all 82 games.
In the 2019-2020 season, the Clippers added star talent with Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. Harrell now came off the bench behind young center Ivica Zubac.
Before the suspension due to coronavirus, Harrell was on track to again post career-best numbers at 27.1 minutes, 18.6 points, and 7.1 rebounds per game.
Harrell had earned $9.5 million through the 2018-2019 season. He is on the last year of a $6 million per year deal with the Clippers. He has a shoe deal with AND1.
Montrezl Harrell signed a two-year, $12 million deal with the Clippers.
Harrell was born in Tarboro, North Carolina to Samuel and Selena Harrell. His two brothers are Cadarius and Quatauis, and his children are Amari and Alyeshia.
His foundation, the Montrezl Harrell Youth Foundation, aids at-risk children in the area around his hometown of Tarboro.