While we await the official word of the Kentucky basketball team regarding their decisions on the NBA Draft, we know at least one player who has not chosen the path he will choose and will take his time with the process.
In an interview with Herald-Leader’s Jerry Tipton, EJ Montgomery’s father, Efrem, said that his son had submitted an evaluation request to the NBA, but has not yet received a response.
The teams, however, have reached 6-foot-10-year-old status and what their plans are, a positive sign in the eyes of the Montgomery family.
“Teams ask what’s going to do” Efrem Montgomery said. “It’s a good thing. This is an advantage.”
Despite the narrative that the second year forward may return and be the focus of the offense in a role similar to what Nick Richards earned as a junior, Elder Montgomery believes that another season in Kentucky is unnecessary.
Instead, the teams can use the training sessions that had the last offseason and combine this information with his second film which highlights his defensive growth and ability to make winning plays. The coronavirus pandemic may not allow Montgomery to train for teams now, but his father believes they should be familiar enough with his game now that he wouldn’t let him jump if this is what the second year decides to do.
“Just because he did other things to help his team win and failed to show off his (offense) doesn’t mean he can’t do it,” said Efrem Montgomery. “Why go back and waste another full year when you can already do these things anyway?”
As his second year last season, Montgomery scored 6.1 points on average with 51.8% shots and 5.4 rebounds per game, including five or more rebounds in 15 games this season. The 6-foot and 10-forward striker from Fort Pierce, FL also scored 25 career points and nine rebounds against Fairleigh Dickinson, along with the game’s winning reversal with 11 seconds left in Florida.