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OFFICIAL: UK and Montgomery CONFIRM a sophomore season

It’s official!

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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Year 2????

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The folks with UK confirmed the news soon after his video was posted.

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.”

Let’s go.

Article written by Maggie Davis

I love sports, podcasts, long walks on the beach and Twitter (@MaggieDavisKSR)

19 Comments for OFFICIAL: UK and Montgomery CONFIRM a sophomore season

  1. BeastAtom
    6:29 pm May 29, 2019 Permalink

    The smile on his face…! That’s awesome! Welcome back EJ!!

  2. Duuuuuude
    6:30 pm May 29, 2019 Permalink

    Here is hoping that EJ makes the strides between year 1&2 that PJ made.

  3. a21CATSfan
    6:34 pm May 29, 2019 Permalink

    Alright! Still waiting on Blackshear, Dante and Brad Calipari. CATS

  4. Catcasey1
    6:34 pm May 29, 2019 Permalink

    He will !!!!!!

  5. runningunnin.454
    6:34 pm May 29, 2019 Permalink

    Now we’re good; don’t trust espn sources. Go get ’em, EJ.

    • Luether
      6:37 pm May 29, 2019 Permalink

      Here’s hoping he can produce what Terrence J and PJ W did in their Sophomore years…

  6. 4everUKblue
    6:37 pm May 29, 2019 Permalink

    Welcome back to BBN EJ!

  7. dctawk
    6:47 pm May 29, 2019 Permalink

    Biggest choice since WCS. We need these guys. Go BB

    6:51 pm May 29, 2019 Permalink

    I smell an elite 8 baby!

  9. AppreciateTheCall
    7:21 pm May 29, 2019 Permalink

    Love it! Welcome back EJ!!!

  10. mashburnfan1
    7:22 pm May 29, 2019 Permalink

    This is not shocking news, he was not getting drafted. Only question was did he want to play D-league or go overseas which he could have done. I don’t know his family’s financial situation, do they need the money now or can they wait a year, but to me that was his only choice. He simply did not get to show anything last year but his size would have given him a chance as a undrafted D-league or overseas player for a year or so. Luckily for us he chose this route as he seem to have skills, we just did not get a chance to see him much with Travis here. Too bad he could not have gone pro last year, would have been a 1st rounder for all you Cal puts guys in the NBA jokers. Rule change is coming a late for EJ.

  11. StillBP
    8:07 pm May 29, 2019 Permalink

    What makes you think he would’ve been a 1st round pick had he gone straight from hs? A draft service prediction? As you commonly preach (about our incoming freshmen) predictions don’t mean squat. Predictions are just talk, right?

    • StillBP
      8:08 pm May 29, 2019 Permalink

      Oops, that was for tipturd. Guess I failed to hit respond.

  12. Hancock73
    8:34 pm May 29, 2019 Permalink

    Welcome back EJ! Looking forward to seeing you become a star!

  13. Racerr11
    8:52 pm May 29, 2019 Permalink

    Mashburn just a negative person who thrives on negativity and obvious that he doesnt like Cal but who cares. One of those goofy so called fans.

  14. UKinIN
    9:38 pm May 29, 2019 Permalink

    I’m not on social media but I hope that UK fans that are show EJ a lot of appreciation for returning.