Status: UK commitment
Power forward | 6-11 | 225
Hometown: Marietta, Ga.
Following his senior season and entering the all-star game portion of the high school schedule, the leaders in EJ Montgomery’s recruitment were thought to be Kentucky, Duke and North Carolina.
In the end, the Wildcats won out.
John Calipari secured a commitment from Montgomery during an in-home visit with the talented post player a little more than a week after the McDonald’s All-American Game.
Montgomery — a 6-foot-11, offensively skilled power forward — is a versatile addition to the Wildcats’ recruiting class and should be able to fit right in as a “4” or a “5” next season, giving Calipari some options as he pieces together his 2018-19 frontcourt, which is expected to feature several talented players.
Originally an Auburn commitment, Montgomery backed off of that pledge last fall and stayed quiet regarding his recruitment until taking visits to UK, Duke and UNC in February. He’ll officially sign with Kentucky in April.
“He’s turned into a dominant force in the paint from a rebounding standpoint and from a scoring standpoint,” 247Sports analyst Evan Daniels told the Herald-Leader.
Montgomery averaged 25.6 points, 13.6 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game for Wheeler High School as a senior and also averaged a double-double on the Adidas circuit last summer.
“He’s got a great set of hands. He’s got really good touch. And he’s got tools on the block that make you believe he’s going to be a really good scorer long-term. He can go over either shoulder. He can face up defenders and drive them from the high post. He can catch it, and he uses pretty impressive vision and passing to put the ball in the right spot. On that end of the floor, he has impressive versatility and an impressive ability to score.”
-Recruiting analyst Evan Daniels