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Former Cat Harrellson named Player of the Year in China

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Josh Harrellson averaged 7.6 points and 8.7 rebounds during a breakout senior season in 2010-11. (Chet White, UK Athletics) Josh Harrellson averaged 7.6 points and 8.7 rebounds as a UK senior. (Chet White, UK Athletics)
This year, Josh Harrellson took his game overseas, signing with the Chongqing Fly Dragons in the Chinese National Basketball league. After winning almost every award in sight, it's safe to say he was a successful export.

He led the Fly Dragons to a 14-4 record, best in the league, before falling just short of a trip to the finals. Harrellson and his team lost in the third game of a three-game semifinal, a game in which Harrellson poured in 24 points and 18 rebounds.

That sort of output, however, was not out of the ordinary.

Harrellson averaged 22.3 points, 18.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.2 steals en route to NBL Player of the Year honors. He beat out Hassan Whiteside and Craig Smith, both former college stars and NBA players. Harrellson also was named Forward of the Year and Import Player of the Year.

With production like that, Harrellson is sure to draw another looking heading into the 2013-14 NBA season. He played six games for the Miami Heat last season after impressing in 37 games during his rookie season with the New York Knicks.

Harrellson was a second-round pick of the then-New Orleans Hornets in 2011 after emerging as a key cog in UK's Final Four run in 2010-11.

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During his college years, he was a solid player; glad that he's playing so well in China and hope he gets another chance in the NBA.

Wow, give 'em hell, Jorts! Hope you get back to the show next season.

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