It’s hard to find any potential benefits from losing a guy like Gorgui Dieng. There is no denying that he will easily be the hardest player to replace from last year’s team. However, the one and only positive from Dieng leaving early is you’ll now see much more playing time for Montrezl Harrell.
Good things seem to happen when Trez is on the floor. Without Gorgui Dieng, there are a few options for Pitino at the center position next year. You could throw Mangok Mathiang out there and see if he’s ready. Fifth year senior Stephen Van Treese is a consistent option. However, if I’m the one making the decision, I’d leave Chane Behanan at the power forward position and use Trez as the center. Sure, he’s a little undersized, but his 7-foot-3 wingspan more than makes up for it.
Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports tabbed Harrell as one of the potential breakout players in college hoops next season.
Montrezl Harrell, 6-8, F, Louisville - Came off the bench last season, but will likely become a starter ...