After a long-awaited decision, EJ Montgomery decided to forego the NBA Draft and return to Kentucky for the 2019-2020 season.
EJ’s return is huge for next season, obviously.
He was a piece that was very much needed on this team. Kentucky needed EJ in the frontcourt or they would be forced to rely on Nick Richards and Nate Sestina, while probably picking up a reclassification from 2020. Now, the frontcourt unit is deeper and more talented, and EJ could take a step forward to be one of the better big men in the conference next season.
EJ’s return also gives Cal a lot more flexibility in lineup choices and an opportunity to really develop Montgomery even more.
Montgomery will be able to play alongside Nick Richards or Nate Sestina, or even in more small-ball lineups with Keion Brooks playing the 4 and Montgomery at the 5. Calipari has a lot of lineup options at his disposal going into next season.
But of course, Kentucky may not be done yet. Kerry Blackshear, the Virginia Tech grad transfer, opted to forego the NBA Draft and Kentucky will likely be on his list. That’s another name to be on the lookout for, and if he winds up at Kentucky, oh my.
Tweets of the Day
It's on now!!!!— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) May 29, 2019
EJ MONTGOMERY IS COMING BACK TO KENTUCKY#DreamBIG pic.twitter.com/brxzwd0Dbu
Welcome back EJ!
Kentucky in solid shape now with three legit post players. But still feels like they need one more big body. Could be Kerry Blackshear, a 2020 reclass, a thumper from JUCO maybe (that’s just me thinking out loud). https://t.co/D6UJRpgtUu— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) May 29, 2019
The Cats may not be done just yet.
Kentucky could still be possibility for Blackshear - Herald Leader
Blackshear surprised many by returning to college.
What EJ’s return means for Kentucky - KSR
If EJ can make the jump we expect, Kentucky has a potential All-SEC 1st team big man on the roster.
Could Kentucky play a game in the UK? - Herald Leader
It doesn’t seem like the overseas trip is imminent.
SEC announces Kentucky’s conference schedule - Cats Pause
The Cats get two games against Auburn in 2020.
Abbey Cheek named unanimous 1st team All-American - KSR
She’s the first in program history to be chosen unanimously.
Jordan Nwora returns to Louisville - Courier Journal
Nwora’s return could mean UK and UofL will both be preseason top 10, or maybe top 5.
Anthony Davis meets with David Griffin to discuss Pelicans future - ESPN
I highly doubt this resolves the issues in New Orleans.
LeBron and Dwyane Wade’s sons are high school teammates - ESPN
Zaire Wade and Bronny James will team up at Sierra Canyon in California.
Adam Silver talks to Drake about sideline antics - Yahoo
That should’ve been an interesting conversation.