I wondered why everyone was using the same picture when writing about newest UofL Basketball signee Matz Stockman, apparently they aren’t easy to find. What I do know is this, he’s the tallest player in school history edging out 7’1 David Shrag (97), 7’0 current DJ Matt Simons (95), & 7’0 Beau Zach Smith (97). Yes Matt Simons is really a DJ but that’s not the point. Don’t really know a ton about Matz, but here is what we do know. The 7’2 238 pound Matz (pronounced Mots), and his Conan O’Brien-esque build, is Norwegian. The only video I have seen of him was this video @CrumsRevenge tweeted out:
He is tall and he can dunk…more things we know. I feel like as a member of CardNation that I should help him feel at home so I will speak a little in his native language.
Velkommen (Welcome)- We welcome Matz to the already loaded 2014 signing class which includes Shaqquan Aaron, Quentin Snider, Jaylen Johnson and Chinanu Onuaku.
hei (hello)- say hello to the tallest front court we have had in quite a while when you add Onuaku to the mix
prosjekt (project)- He likely won’t be a day one contributor and may even Redshirt, but he will be a force to be reckoned with when he leaves the University of Louisville
bilder og video (pictures and video)- We really need more videos and media on this kid so that we can see what this kid is all about. He may be a Hajj Turner hype wise (no offense, can’t get mad) or may be a Dirk…I’m betting he is somewhere in between.
So to Matz we will leave him with, Velkommen til Louisville, de 2013 National Champions…never gets old
Montrezl Harrell scored 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting as defending national champion Louisville defeated Kentucky Wesleyan 115-67 on Tuesday night in the Cardinals’ first exhibition game.
Four guards joined Harrell in double figures. Terry Rozier scored 18 points and Russ Smith had 17 while Chris Jones and Anton Gill added 16 and 13, respectively.
Kentucky Wesleyan trailed 11-9 following Alex Brown’s two free throws with 14:41 remaining in the first half but the Cardinals clicked off a 20-2 run over the next 4:11, highlighted by two contested lob dunks by Harrell. Louisville led 49-33 at halftime as the Panthers had nearly as many fouls (24) as points.
Louisville hit 15 of its first 17 shots in the second half to lead 82-45 with 11:55 to play.
Freshman Ken-Jah Bosley led the eight-time Division II champion Panthers with 21 points.
Louisville hosts College of Charleston in their Nov. 9
University of Louisville sophomore forward Montrezl Harrell has been named a tri-captain for the Cardinals’ 2013-14 men’s basketball team, joining seniors Russ Smith and Luke Hancock with that distinction.
“He has, without question, been the best worker on the court, the most vocal leader on the court, so without question, he has ignited our team in practice to work harder,” head coach Rick Pitino said Monday. “I thought he’d be a very good captain.”
A third-team preseason All-America selection by The Sporting News and a second-team choice by USA Today, Harrell was listed third in CBSSports.com’s Top 30 Breakout Players. He was a second-team all-American Athletic Conference selection by the league coaches.
Harrell played all 40 games in helping Louisville achieve its third NCAA title in April. During the Cardinals’ nine postseason games, Harrell averaged 6.4 points and 3.2 rebounds in 14.8 minutes per game. Notably, he shot 61.5 percent from the field. In the team’s BIG EAST title victory over Syracuse, Harrell scored a season-high 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds in just 24 minutes of action.
“He leads every which way,” Pitino added. “He’s a tough guy. He brings it every play and there’s very few individuals like that, in our game today, where they try to impact every possession.”
Harrell also had success in international competition over the summer, earning a gold medal with his USA Basketball squad in the 2013 FIBA U19 World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic. In the gold medal victory over Serbia, Harrell totaled a team-high 17 points, four rebounds, four blocked shots and hit 8-of-16 field goals in 28 minutes. In nine games during the event, Harrell started every game and averaged 10.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, hit 42-of-73 field goals (.575) and added eight steals and 10 blocked shots while averaging 18 minutes a game for the deep USA squad, coached by Florida’s Billy Donovan.