A 6-foot-8 sophomore, Montrezl Harrell scored 17 points, four rebounds and four blocked shots to lift the U.S team past Serbia 82-68 in the championship game of the FIBA 19-Under World Championships on Sunday.
Harrell was 8 of 16 from the field, led his team in scoring and also added two assists for the Americans.
The U.S. team won the gold medal for just the third time since 1987. During the event, the 12-man U.S. team finished 9-0.
”This is a great feeling,” Harrell said after the game. “We went out there and we played hard and we knew that Serbia was a well-coached, well-rounded team, so we just had to go out there and play harder than them. We had to lay it all on the line for 40 minutes and that’s what we did.”
In the nine games, Harrell finished third on the team with 95 points – 10.6 a game – led the team with 10 blocks and was fourth with 33 rebounds. He also had eight assists and eight steals and played just 18 minutes a game.
Harrell averaged 6.4 points and 3.2 rebounds in 14.8 minutes per game as a Louisville freshman. He was a key member of the team during the postseason, including a season-high 20 in the Big East title game win over Syracuse.
Harrell will return home this week and is expected to be back at it with his teammates during a workout next weekend.