On Monday night, John Calipari announced on his weekly call-in show that he was still looking for a “couple of kids” to finish out Kentucky’s class of 2018.
The key prospect on Coach Cal’s wish list: five-star power forward EJ Montgomery.
Montgomery is currently listed as the No. 11 overall recruit in Rivals’ rating system. 247 Sports lists him at No. 12 and ESPN has him at No. 16.
Despite holding offers from nearly 20 programs, most analysts believe Montgomery’s recruitment will come down to either Kentucky, Duke, or UNC.
If you ask Kentucky signee Keldon Johnson, the Cats are the runaway favorite to land the 6-foot-11 power forward.
“He’s keeping it close, but I think he’s going to come to Kentucky,” Johnson told Ben Roberts of the Lexington Herald-Leader. “So Big Blue Nation better get ready. I think he’s going to come.”
Johnson told Roberts this week at the McDonald’s All-American events in Atlanta, GA that he has been recruiting Montgomery “pretty hard” in their time together at the prestigious high school All-Star game.
“We would love to have him,” he told Roberts.
Six of the interviewed prospects at the McDonald’s game predicted Montgomery to Kentucky, including Duke signee Tre Jones and Kansas commitments Devon Dotson and Quentin Grimes.
“I was hoping Duke but maybe Kentucky. I’m not sure. I don’t know. I haven’t heard anything and he hasn’t given any hints either,” Tre Jones told Woody Wommack of Rivals.com.
KSR’s Nick Roush was at the McDonald’s game this past week where he got the chance to interview Montgomery and break down his recruitment. He said he has a great relationship with the Kentucky coaching staff, he loved his visit to Lexington, and UK was one of his top schools.
Check it out:
Here is Montgomery’s most recent highlight tape:
Come on down, big fella.