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EJ Montgomery declares for the NBA Draft

Montgomery is ready to be a pro.

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EJ Montgomery has officially entered his name into the 2020 NBA Draft.

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Montgomery tested the waters last summer before ultimately returning to UK, but the plan this time around is he’ll keep his name in the draft, his father told Evan Daniels.

Considering the hype he had coming into his first season as a Wildcat, Montgomery never quite lived up to the massive expectations everyone had for him. Some even made the comparison to Anthony Davis and, whether that was unfair or not, it’s safe to say Montgomery didn’t have even a fraction of the success some expected.

After two seasons at Kentucky, there was hope Montgomery would return to UK and make a Nick Richards-like jump from Year 2 to 3, but it appears Montgomery is ready to be a pro now, even if it ultimately results in him playing in the G-League or overseas.

To his credit, Montgomery did make big improvements in his sophomore season as he became a full-time starter He posted career highs in points (6.1 per game), rebounding (5.4 per game), blocks (1.1 per game), field-goal percentage (51.8%) and free-throw percentage (66.7%).

What the numbers don’t show is how well of a post defender Montgomery became as the season wore on, as his efforts helped UK finish 25th nationally in two-point defense.

Montgomery will be remembered most for his game-winning tip-in at Florida to end the regular season, which ultimately was the final time we’ll see him in a UK uniform.

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