Harrell is an inside force for No. 7 Louisville

Harrell is an inside force for No. 7 Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Montrezl Harrell describes his sophomore season as a step in a process.

The journey has been a success thus far based on the dominant performances he has already posted for No. 7 Louisville.

While Harrell figured to build on his promising freshman season, what he has done so for the Cardinals (23-4, 12-2 American Athletic Conference) has been impressive. The 6-foot-8 power forward has developed into an imposing presence with his dunks, rebounds and blocked shots — all pivotal in Louisville's quest to repeat as national champions.

Harrell had 21 points, 10 rebounds and a block in Saturday's 58-57 victory at first-place Cincinnati, earning conference player of the week honors.

Next up for Louisville is Temple (7-19, 2-12); Harrell had 22 points and 10 rebounds against the Owls Feb. 14.