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John Calipari: “EJ Montgomery’s going to have to play more”

EJ Montgomery has been making major strides throughout the past few games, and Calipari has taken note.

The freshman finished with just eight points tonight, but he brought a certain energy and aggression to the floor, while also grabbing seven rebounds and two blocks with just one turnover in 26 minutes. He could be a difference-maker for this team, but in order to do that, first he has to get on the floor.

“Now, EJ Montgomery’s going to have to play more, just how it is. So someone’s going to have to play less,” Calipari said after tonight’s victory. “That’s how it is.”

While Calipari admits Montgomery’s first-half performance wasn’t totally up to his standard, he says the big man made up for it after the break.

“First half, he didn’t dive on the floor. Guess what? I absolutely ripped him,” Calipari said. “Second half, he dove twice for balls. So it’s, again, if I accept what they want to give, that is unacceptable.”

Montgomery is just a freshman. But at the end of the day, the Cats need him.

“He’s going to make some mistakes and he’s going to get pushed sometimes,” Calipari said. “But you’ve got to have separators in the game at some point that can make a play out of nothing. He does that.”


Article written by Maggie Davis

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8 Comments for John Calipari: “EJ Montgomery’s going to have to play more”

  1. Robinson73
    4:08 am November 15, 2018 Permalink

    We definitely need him to be all he can be. I hope he will come back next year.

    • JoeMoney333
      6:49 am November 15, 2018 Permalink

      We’re 3 games in. This is as annoying as the NBA draft projections.

    • timbo
      6:58 am November 15, 2018 Permalink

      Can we just play the current season?!?!

  2. UKfanman01
    5:31 am November 15, 2018 Permalink

    I think EJ is one of the more interesting players on the team. He has a beautiful shooting form and his post hook shot is equally as nice to see. Like to see Cal develop this kid as a threat from the 3. He needs to work a bit on rebounding too. Cant complain too much about rebounds, only because we have PJ, Richard’s, and a beast of a man Reid Travis. Still like to see improvements in those areas.

  3. Jiminy Crickets
    7:29 am November 15, 2018 Permalink

    Just the beginning of Travis finding out how things really work at UK. The freshmen will play over you here. It’s our recruiting strategy. Richards played way to many minutes last year, started most games. EJ is not Richards, he’s much better, but Travis is easily the hardest working guy on the floor, but his minutes will get cut first

    • Booby Petrino
      7:43 am November 15, 2018 Permalink

      So if that’s how it works here and how it’s been working here, I would think he would know before he even came. It’s not like you’re divulging top-secret info here, this is your opinion from watching prior years. You think he never watched UK before coming here? You think he came here without knowing who Cal plays?

    • 4everUKblue
      8:13 am November 15, 2018 Permalink

      Booby, you have to ignore crickets’ negative comments, he’s another one who never has anything positive to say. I’m sure he knows much more about coaching and recruiting than Cal.

  4. ibescootch
    8:17 am November 15, 2018 Permalink

    Cal has always played the best players. The best players are typically freshman. This isn’t some big conspiracy where he’s hell-bent on playing freshman over guys who’ll help the team win. Travis is obviously the hardest worker on the court consistently, which is what Cal loves. Guarantee he doesn’t cut his minutes, unless Travis isn’t contributing on the court.