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What happens if EJ stays in the draft?

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Good morning and happy Saturday, Big Blue Nation.

The big news today coming from the basketball side of things is that UK great Tony Delk told the Lexington-Herald Leader that he thinks current UK freshman EJ Montgomery is going to stay in the NBA Draft.

Why does what Mr. Delk thinks matter? Because he has been acting as a consultant to Montgomery throughout the NBA workout process.

Here is what Delk had to say on the matter:

“I think he’s staying in,” Delk said of Montgomery on Friday night. “Just from what I’ve been hearing. He’s already had a couple workouts with teams. So I guess he’s got some good reports from GMs.”

Delk, who said he is serving as a consultant, said Montgomery’s departure to the NBA is not a 100-percent certainty.

That could be really bad news for John Calipari who is fresh off of missing out on Jaden McDaniels. Nick Richards could be the lone big man on the roster after Wednesday.

If EJ does decide to go and Kerry Blackshear decides to do one more year at college, Calipari has to put on a full court press for him. I know Calipari doesn’t make promises, but if I were him I would go to Blackshear and tell him the starting center job at UK is his if he wants it.

And what if Blackshear opts to stay in the draft? Then Cal has to beg a 2020 big man to reclassify.

If Montgomery leaves after a year of mediocre productivity, expect to hear grumblings from fans. They’ve already started and I can’t say I blame them.

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