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EJ Montgomery not on list of potential NBA Draft Combine invites

NBA Draft Combine invitations are being sent out as we speak, but one of Kentucky’s draft hopefuls isn’t even among the players being considered for the event. This morning, Adam Zagoria posted the list of 105 potential combine participants created based on votes from NBA general managers. Ashton Hagans, Immanuel Quickley, Tyrese Maxey, Nick Richards, and even Kahlil Whitney received votes and therefore made the list. EJ Montgomery did not. Ouch.

From here, NBA GMs will whittle the list to 70 players and send out invitations. According to Zagoria, Whitney’s already got one:

It’s worth noting that right now, it’s not clear if the Combine will even take place. Originally scheduled for May 21-24, the event was postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak and has yet to be rescheduled. If it does happen, it will likely take place after the Draft Lottery, which is scheduled for August 20. The Draft is set for October 16.

EJ’s decision will go down as an all-time head scratcher.


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32 Comments for EJ Montgomery not on list of potential NBA Draft Combine invites

  1. tdub
    2:08 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

    Should have stayed.

    • ClutchCargo
      2:14 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

      Was E.J. the one whose dad said he didn’t need to waste another year in college to be ready for the NBA?

    • TonyMontana
      3:11 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

      Hmm stay here and not even play due to the season being cancelled or go make some real money overseas? I feel like he actually made the right decision. Let’s be honest… another year or 2, would not get him drafted anyway.

    • CJKAssassin123
      12:57 pm July 28, 2020 Permalink

      We may not have football,but I’m 100% sure we will have basketball this year. We could get a delayed basketball season or a shorter basketball season,but either way we will have a some version of a basketball season this year that will end with the NCAA tournament. Whether the turny would take place in March or not remains to be seen.

    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      7:25 am July 28, 2020 Permalink

      Yes Clutch.

  2. BMT
    2:33 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

    The only people surprised by this are EJ Montgomery and the people who were giving him advice. I hope it works out for him in the long run but his decision to leave would certainly seem to defy logic.

  3. 44stewart
    2:33 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

    Going to guess they didn’t like Cal making him play inside. He obviously didn’t like getting roughed up down low. He came in as a big that played mostly on the perimeter. That was never going to be his thing here. He will have to play oversees. At some point he may get a few games on the bench in the league over his career, but it will not be many.

      3:02 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

      I am convinced this was not EJ’s dexision. It was his over bearing and delusional dad. The same with Kahlil Whitney. It was his dad’s mom’s, aunts, uncles, cousins, high school posse’s decission.

  4. the ghost of Bill Hicks
    2:35 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

    In other shocking news…..grass is green.

  5. light my fire
    2:56 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

    He wasn’t invited because he won’t be drafted, even if they had 20 rounds he would be undrafted

    Hope he likes it overseas

    • TonyMontana
      3:09 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

      Yea it’s gonna be brutal for that 20 year old to be pulling down a nice 6-figure income. What a horrible mistake.

  6. UKFanSC
    2:57 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

    Very predictable. Even after four years of Kentucky it was quite debatable whether he would mature into an NBA talent. To leave when he did was an admission of overseas ambitions

    • UKFanSC
      3:01 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

      Either he was sick of the program, or he just simply didn’t want to go to school. No one in their right mind could’ve portrayed him as NBA ready. Not even his family.

  7. VilleCat11
    3:04 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

    Call me shocked… NOT!

  8. chris43
    3:12 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

    Hmmm maybe they didn’t want to waste their time by sending him an invite judging by his two years of play.

  9. Trinity45
    3:27 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

    No offense to E. J. but who thought he would. He really did not excel for most of the season. There is no reason for most NBA teams to take a flyer on him so far.

  10. UKFanSC
    4:28 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

    Matt…..c’mon…..if you can censor me for not worshipping John Lewis you can certainly sensor these sex site ads.

  11. blueblue
    6:51 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink

    EJ would be a good backup for Sarr! I know all of our guys already announced they are not even considering withdrawing and coming back, but if he hasn’t done anything to affect his eligibility, I’d like to see him do just that. I know it isn’t going to happen, but I, for one, would welcome EJ back to the team. Just sayin’…

    • CJKAssassin123
      2:14 pm July 28, 2020 Permalink

      EJ can’t come back, even if he now wanted to. He signed with an agent so his UK career is effectively over!

  12. grammarpoliceUK
    8:25 pm July 27, 2020 Permalink


  13. beiriwil
    12:53 am July 28, 2020 Permalink

    Here girls get acquainted with guyys and not vice verssa –

  14. runningunnin.454
    8:18 am July 28, 2020 Permalink

    Maybe not a nice thing to say; but, I think EJ’s biggest problem at UK was his motor; he sure went hard to the bucket on that last play against Florida. Maybe he just wasn’t interested in banging inside, and giving that old college try. It might be different when he’s getting $$$.

    • ClutchCargo
      10:04 am July 28, 2020 Permalink

      I tend to think professionals get $$$ BECAUSE they try, and not the other way around. Regardless, maybe the University of Life and a little more maturity will flip the light switch on for him.

  15. W F Reserve
    8:52 am July 28, 2020 Permalink

    Check the plane for a FAX.

  16. BowdenQB4ever
    9:08 am July 28, 2020 Permalink

    He never seemed that engaged while he was here and clearly wanted to get out of Lexington as soon as he could. Good luck, but I won’t lose sleep worrying about him.

  17. VirginiaCat
    9:37 am July 28, 2020 Permalink

    EJ’s father was right that another year at UK would have been a waste, but not because he had already demonstrated a particular skill set. EJ simply reached a point of diminishing returns at UK. The decision to leave will put money in his pocket if he’s picked up by an overseas franchise. That’s probably the best outcome. He is a nice young man and I wish him the best.

    • UKFanSC
      12:34 pm July 28, 2020 Permalink


  18. millertim
    9:43 am July 28, 2020 Permalink

    You guys that think EJ will be making 6 figures overseas obviously have no idea how that works… he’ll never get 6 figures at his present ability.

    • ClutchCargo
      10:05 am July 28, 2020 Permalink


  19. KentuckyBoy
    11:22 am July 28, 2020 Permalink

    You have to be good at basketball to get an invite.

  20. Megan
    12:32 pm July 28, 2020 Permalink

    It’s always depressing to hear how Kentucky fans really feel about a player after he leaves the program. That’s when the snide remarks spill out. Do they feel jilted by his decision to leave? Or do they generally enjoy being inconsiderate and abusive? Whatever the reason, it’s a bad message to recruits, who hear “La Famiglia” from Calipari but then watch as adult fans eat their young.