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Kentucky Forward EJ Montgomery Declares for the NBA Draft

Sophomore EJ Montgomery (23) shoots the ball during the game against Alabama on January 11, 2020. Kentucky defeated Alabama 76-67. Photo by Hunter Mitchell

Kentucky sophomore forward EJ Montgomery announced this morning via Instagram that he is entering the NBA Draft. In his announcement, Montgomery thanked the Kentucky program as well as the fans.


I would like to thank Coach Cal and the entire coaching staff for giving me this opportunity and challenging me to become a better player and a better young man,” Montgomery said. “Also, (thank you to) my brothers for the grind and always having my back. I would like to thank my family and my friends for all their support through this experience. And lastly, I would like to thank you, BBN!”


Of the UK players from this past season’s team, Montgomery’s decision seemed to be as much of a coin flip as any of them going into the offseason as the sophomore forward was looked at as potentially someone that could return by many. Nonetheless, UK Head Coach John Calipari went to Twitter to support the decision by Montgomery.


“At 6-10 with perimeter skills, athleticism and an ability to block shots, someone is going to get a big-time prospect with @EJMontgomery23 (EJ Montgomery),” Calipari said. “His skill set is where the game is going.”


This past season, Montgomery averaged 6.1 PPG and 5.4 RPG, as well as shooting 51.8% from the field overall. While the stats are not overwhelming, the forward did have a few games with 20+ points, and the tip-in that won the last game of the season against Florida.


As Montgomery leaves, getting a big-man whether as a transfer or a late recruiting addition from high school just became even more important for Kentucky for this coming season. 


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