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EJ Montgomery Declares For NBA Draft

EJ Montgomery (Photo: Darrell Bird, 247Sports)

EJ Montgomery has declared for the NBA Draft. After somewhat of a disappointing season at Kentucky, Montgomery has decided that the NBA is what is best for him at this moment. It has been expected to some already who have been hearing rumblings that he is out the door already. Montgomery averaged 6.1 ppg and 5.4 rbg this past year and didn't live up to expectations from the most of BBN.

Montgomery is not projected to be drafted in any of the mock drafts, 1st or 2nd round, that I have personally seen, but according to his father in a recent interview with Jerry Tipton, he has nothing left to prove by staying in the college game. Agree or disagree, we wish EJ Montgomery nothing but the best for him and his future!

What this means for next years team?

With Montgomery out the door, this leaves some obvious holes in Kentucky's roster for the 20'-21' season in the front court. Kentucky has been very involved in recruiting Matt Haarms, a graduate transfer from Purdue. Haarms is 7'3" and a very versatile player who is known for his high energy and his spectacular performance in the 2019 NCAA Tournament during Purdue's run. Haarms is realistically the only guy Kentucky is in heavy with at the moment to replace EJ.

UK has Keion Brooks returning in the front court, who most believe will have an outstanding season next year. Outside of Keion, Kentucky has incoming freshman Isaiah Jackson and Lance Ware who will play in the front court as well. Cam'Ron Fletcher is more of a SF but I'm sure if needed he can play some PF as well, but that would likely be very limited. So Haarms would add much needed experience for those guys and add much needed depth. Fingers crossed that he decides to come to Lexington!

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