EJ Montgomery is going to test the NBA Draft waters.
The Kentucky freshman just announced that he will take advantage of the pre-draft evaluation process with the goal of being a first round pick; if he hears that will happen this year, he will stay in the draft.
“First of all, I want to thank God because none of this would be possible without Him,” Montgomery said. “Thank you to my family for their love and support. Thank you to Coach Cal and the coaching staff for challenging me to be the best player and young man I can be.
“With that being said, I have sat down with Coach Cal and my family and decided to take full advantage of the rules that are in place and enter my name in the draft process. My goal is to be a first-rounder. If the information I receive supports that, my plan is to stay in the draft and pursue my dreams of playing in the NBA. Thank you BBN for your love and support through this important time in my life.”
Montgomery averaged 3.8 points and 4.1 rebounds in 15.1 minutes per game last season and tallied 38 total blocks, 16 steals, and 15 assists.
“EJ improved so much during the year,” John Calipari said in a release. “He helped us win games and made a difference in so many other games. I think it is smart for him and his family to explore what his options truly are. I have no doubt in mind that EJ has a bright future. Whether the information says EJ should stay in the draft or come back for another year to prepare for the rest of his life, I’ll support his decision.”
EJ has until May 29 to decide whether or not to return to Kentucky for a sophomore season.