Kentucky Wildcats forward EJ Montgomery has a big decision to make. Should he return to Kentucky for his junior season or enter the NBA Draft after two subpar college seasons.
In recent interviews, both Montgomery’s parents and Mississippi State Bulldogs head coach Ben Howland who’s coached against the UK forward three times weighed in.
Montgomery’s mother, Glenda, told Kyle Tucker of the Athletic, “There’s just so much uncertainty, we really haven’t decided anything yet,” when asked if her son had made a decision.
She went onto add, “He’s (EJ) had a great experience at Kentucky. He’s gotten better, stronger, gotten a lot more mature. I think he’s mentally stronger. The experience of playing at Kentucky is always going to be a plus because of all the things they have to do, playing under those lights and all that.”
While Montgomery’s mother did not make a case to stay or go, his father, Efrem Montgomery, seems to think it’s time for his son to go pro.
”Just because he did other things to help his team win, and didn’t get to showcase his (offense), doesn’t mean he can’t do it,” Efrem Montgomery told Jerry Tipton of the Lexington Herald-Leader. “Why come back and waste a whole other year when you can already do those things anyway?”
Montgomery’s father may want his son to enter the draft, but an experienced college coach and rival believe the forward would benefit from another season in a Kentucky Wildcats uniform.
Mississippi State’s coach Howland who also spent time at UCLA said he believes Montgomery will be an NBA player one day saying, “EJ Montgomery is going to be an NBA player. I don’t have any doubt about that.”
However, Howland does believe a return to Kentucky will be wise for the sophomore to return to UK and follow a similar approach to former teammate PJ Washington who decided to come back to school due to the uncertainty of his draft stock.
Montgomery has plenty of folks in his ear, but at the end of the day, it will all come down to the recommendations of NBA Draft scouts and his desire to be a pro now vs. becoming a better pro prospect.