Montrezl Harrell Q&A at NBA Draft Combine

Photo: Tim Haag/
Photo: Tim Haag/

Former Louisville Cardinal Montrezl Harrell met with some media members on Friday in Chicago while at the NBA Draft Combine. Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal has transcribed his interview, and you can check that out right here. This is about half of it, there will be a link at the bottom to read the rest of it.

How’s the draft process going so far?

It’s been a pretty smooth process. It’s definitely been a tough grind, switching from the college game to getting more prepared for the NBA, but it’s definitely been a smooth process.

What part of your game translates the easiest to the NBA?

Rebounding, playing with high energy and a high motor all the time during the game. I definitely feel like I can carry that over to the NBA and be able to play like that for the full length of the game.

Where do you feel like you are (with your jump shot and ball handling)?

I feel like it’s definitely getting to that point of where I want to be, but you can never stop working, you know? You can always add something to your game to make you stand out from other players. It’s all about how hard you work and how hard you’re willing to work.

Were there specific things, when the season ended, that you really wanted to work on?

Nothing really, just try to make sure I sharpen up the things I do well, and that’s really just trying to trumpet those things and take them to the next level.

How many teams have interviewed you here?

I can’t quite remember. I had four (Thursday) and four (Friday) and I had quite a few (on Wednesday).

If you had to pick someone whose game you resemble, who would you say?

I don’t. I’m never going into any workout (saying) I play like this player or that player. I’m Montrezl Harrell. That’s who I play like. I’ve heard comparisons of who I play like, which are all great, but I’m not trying to model my game after anyone in the NBA.

Who are you compared to the most?

I’ve heard comparisons to Ben Wallace. I’ve heard Kenneth Faried. Both are tremendous compliments being compared to those two high-caliber type of guys, especially at the position they play, but I just try to focus on what Montrezl Harrell brings to the game.

How did you prepare for the interview process?

I just was being myself. The questions they pretty much asked were basically background type questions. I went in just truthful and was myself.

How do they vary? Are some relaxed, some more businesslike?

The NBA is a business overall, so all the questions you’re going to get are all business questions. It’s just about them getting a feel for us and what type of person (you are), what type of character, what type of person that we are away from the basketball court.

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