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EJ Montgomery: 10 Things To Know

Instagram: @_mont23

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EJ Montgomery made a surprise Monday morning announcement to say he has committed the University of Kentucky. The five-star forward picked Kentucky over Duke, North Carolina, Vanderbilt and many, many other programs around college basketball.

Considered a stretch-four, Montgomery, a lefty, brings another weapon to UK’s 2018-19 frontcourt that already projects to be dominant. He and fellow five-star Keldon Johnson will join the likes of Jarred Vanderbilt, PJ Washington, Wenyen Gabriel, Nick Richards and Sacha Killeya-Jones, although the future of the five returners has yet to play all the way out.

In the meantime, celebrate the addition of Montgomery by getting to know him.

EJ Montgomery
Power Forward | 6-10 | 215 lbs.
Marietta, Ga. | Wheeler HS
AAU: Atlanta Celtics
ESPN No. 16 | 5 PF Top247 No. 6 | 2 PF
Rivals No. 11 | 2 PF 247 Comp. No. 12 | 3 PF

Calipari visited him on Sunday.

Coach Cal traveled to Georgia to meet with the Montgomery family in their Marietta home and to make one final push for Kentucky.

The Sunday evening in-home visit was a success, obviously.

He was once committed to Auburn.

Montgomery had originally planned to be an Auburn Tiger for his college basketball career. He committed in September of 2016, early in his junior year of high school, but a year later he decided to reopen his recruitment to pursue other opportunities. His decommitment came one day after Auburn assistant Chuck Person was arrested as part of an FBI investigation into corruption in college basketball.

He’s been on the radar for a long time.

EJ Montgomery has been one of the best talents in his class for several years. He was considered the No. 1 overall prospect in his class in the seventh grade, and began playing for the USA Men’s Junior National Team as an eighth-grader.

He visited Kentucky in late February.

Montgomery took an unofficial visit to Lexington to see the Cats take on Missouri back in late February. He had planned to take his five official visits in the near future, but that won’t be necessary now.

He really likes Kenny Payne.

Calipari’s track record was a major factor in Montgomery’s decision, but UK assistant Kenny Payne also played a big role in the recruitment.

“It was a big factor,” Montgomery said of Coach Payne. “We built a great relationship. He was a real guy. He told me straight up and that’s what I needed to hear from a coach.”

His first name is Efrem. 

It’s his father’s name, so he’s Efrem Jr.

He comes from a basketball family.

Both of Montgomery’s parents played college basketball at North Carolina Central, where they first met. He has one older sister, Brittni, who played at Central Florida; and another, Brandy, currently playing at Auburn.

He admires Kevin Durant.

Montgomery’s favorite NBA player is Kevin Durant, who he models is game after. He has a long way to go to earn Durant comparisons, but there are similarities in their games.

He’s a Naismith High School All-American.

Montgomery was named Third Team Naismith High School All-American following his senior season at Wheeler, in which he averaged 26 points and 13 rebounds.

He was also a McDonald’s All-American, and scored 12 points and grabbed five rebounds in the McDAA game.

He can do this…

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

28 Comments for EJ Montgomery: 10 Things To Know

  1. nicky
    10:11 am April 9, 2018 Permalink

    Drew! Efren or Efrem??

  2. Bill Selfs Hair Piece
    10:30 am April 9, 2018 Permalink

    Reminds me of Perry Jones III who played at Baylor about 6 years ago.

  3. CryptoCatfish
    11:09 am April 9, 2018 Permalink

    Yes….Need players that can shoot the ball. ++

  4. BluKudzu
    11:10 am April 9, 2018 Permalink


  5. HashtagNoseWhistle
    11:20 am April 9, 2018 Permalink

    He doesn’t dunk enough for his size

    • wyatts1
      11:50 am April 9, 2018 Permalink

      Definitely seems more of a finesse player then a dominant post guy, but you gotta love his ability to stretch the D. Plus you know coach Call will be screaming “DUNK IT EJ” a lot next season lol. But he will not replace Richards in some games against NBA sized bigs, we need Richards to have a break out year and put things together for us to make a run for #9 I believe.

    • HashtagNoseWhistle
      2:20 pm April 9, 2018 Permalink

      Reminds me of when Cal would get on Jorts for not dunking

  6. BBaxterUK
    11:34 am April 9, 2018 Permalink

    He’s going to be great!

  7. Luether
    12:20 pm April 9, 2018 Permalink

    Hope he doesn’t get Jon Hooded…

    • J-Dub421
      12:29 pm April 9, 2018 Permalink

      Dude, cut the crap. Jon Hood was not good.

    • catsarerunnin
      12:32 pm April 9, 2018 Permalink

      My sources tell me Luether needs his meds…

    • ukcamel
      1:52 pm April 9, 2018 Permalink

      Jon Hood played exactly how much Jon Hood should’ve played.

  8. chris43
    1:20 pm April 9, 2018 Permalink

    Welcome to BBN baby! ?

    1:47 pm April 9, 2018 Permalink

    If Hagans does reclassify and commit to UK as well, that easily vaults UK’s class to #2.

  10. trumpetguy
    1:51 pm April 9, 2018 Permalink

    Tayshaun Prince 2.0

  11. ukcamel
    1:53 pm April 9, 2018 Permalink

    Does this mean that a James Wiseman commitment and reclassification is unlikely?

    • Booher
      9:01 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

      He said yesterday Anthony Davis is who he compared his game too

  12. ky wildcat fan
    6:02 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

    Don’t he’s joining Jones hope not anyway

  13. postfeeder
    6:24 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

    Bruce Pearl cried himself to sleep last night.

  14. BrandonLee
    8:22 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

    Yes I agree with trumpetguy. I see Tayshaun Prince in that shot release and his build

  15. Jiminy Crickets
    8:24 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

    Want to see a mix tape of a PF with hops, passing skills and a smooth outside jump shot?

    • Jiminy Crickets
      8:29 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

      SKJ is likely to transfer to UNC.. their next cam Johnson

    • UK Big Board Update
      9:19 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

      U mad, snowflake?

  16. ComebackCats
    8:33 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

    Game reminds of Trey Lyles. Needs to develop more of a motor.

  17. Megan
    11:17 am April 10, 2018 Permalink

    Anyone remember Efrem Zimbalist Jr.? 77 Sunset Strip and The FBI? That was so long ago, it was before television.

    How about his daughter, Stephanie Zimbalist Jr.? Remington Steele with Pierce Brosnan? Very attractive family.