Reports of an EJ Montgomery return were released a few minutes before 6:00 ET Wednesday afternoon, but things weren’t necessarily official until Montgomery eventually confirmed the news himself. He made the announcement on Instagram.
“Hey Big Blue Nation: I just want to say thanks for all you’ve done for me and my family. I enjoyed putting on a Kentucky uniform with my brothers and playing in front of the best fans in the nation. I appreciate your support for me and my team this season.”
“I want to say thanks to Coach Cal, Coach KP, Coach Joel, Coach Robic [and] Coach Barbee for pushing me every single day to be the best I can be on and off the court. I got to compete against the best of the best everyday in practice. We had a good season on the court because of our love for the grind. I’m proud of what we accomplished together. BBN, I’m back – year two.”
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The folks with UK confirmed the news soon after his video was posted.
We (REALLY) like our team.
Spread the word, EJ is back for his sophomore season.
— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) May 29, 2019
John Calipari also weighed in, saying Montgomery has only “begun to scratch the surface of his potential.”
“I’m thrilled to be able to continue to coach EJ. He has a special skillset and he’s only begun to scratch the surface of his potential,” Calipari said in the press release. “EJ knows how hard this is going to be, and I know he’s ready to embrace the grind and do everything he can for this team while continuing to develop into the best version of himself.”
Calipari also acknowledged it was a tough choice for Montgomery and his family.
“When EJ and his family set out to go through this NBA Draft process, I told EJ he had my full support no matter what he decided,” Calipari said. “I know this was a tough decision for EJ and his family because of the positive feedback he received throughout this process. EJ improved so much during the season and I know how much he wants to show our fans what he can do with another year.”