The recruitment of E.J. Montgomery is really heating up, and the Kentucky Wildcats are among the schools in the running.
Montgomery, who is ranked as high as No. 6 overall by 247 Sports, is considering UK, Duke and North Carolina among others. He’s already hosted UK for a visit on Jan. 31, and on Wednesday, John Calipari was in to see the five-star forward.
But does UK really stand a shot in this recruitment?
After all, North Carolina and Duke are the two schools who’ve gotten the most buzz recently, but even when things seem bleak, don’t ever count Calipari out.
In an interview with Rivals.com, Montgomery and his high school coach, Larry Thompson, talked about the biggest contenders in this recruitment.
When it came to UK, Thompson offered up a nice endorsement, as well as an idea of how hard UK is pushing for Montgomery’s pledge:
“They have been extremely aggressive. I got a text from them right before they played Tennessee. Coach Calipari is supposed to come for practice today. Coach Payne wanted Coach Cal to make the offer official today. I think he’s definitely interested. I mean, it is Kentucky.”
As it stands, UK is probably hoping Montgomery waits until closer to April/May to make a decision, giving him an idea of who’s staying and leaving for the NBA Draft.
Even though UK has struggled to a 17-7 record thus far, they have good depth in the frontline with Nick Richards, PJ Washington and Jarred Vanderbilt possibly returning next season.
But if any of them leave for the draft, it makes it easier for Montgomery to come in and have a major role next season, something he may get even if all of those guys return.