By LARRY VAUGHT
ATLANTA — E.J. Montgomery certainly showed why he’s become such a hot recruiting priority during the McDonald’s All-American Game here.
The 6-10 Montgomery was impressive in practice and then had 12 points on 6-for-8 shooting, five rebounds one assist and one block in 18 minutes in Wednesday night’s game.
He’s become a recruiting priority for not only John Calipari at Kentucky, but also North Carolina, Duke, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Georgetown and Georgia.
The Marietta, Ga., star was a one-time verbal commit to Auburn but de-committed before signing with the Tigers.
An easy comparison for Montgomery — at least for UK fans — is former UK all-American Tayshaun Prince, who scored 1,775 points and pulled off 757 rebounds from 1998-2002. He was SEC Player of the Year in 2002 and also had 254 assists, 142 blocks and 110 steals in 135 career games.
“I don’t know him, but I know of him,” Montgomery said when asked about Prince.
Not only does Montgomery have the same versatility as Prince, but he has the same build and facial look.
“A lot of people tell me that I look like him,” Montgomery said.
Here’s more of what Montgomery, who has no timetable for his college choice, had to say at the McDonald’s All-American Game.
Question: How much do you enjoy recruiting?
Montgomery: “I enjoy it but I am just ready for it to be over so I can focus on next year.”
Question: Would you like to just tell me where you are going to college and we can end it all right now?
Montgomery: “No, I am not quite ready for that, but thanks.”
Question: Since you really can’t make a bad choice, do you put a timetable on your decision or not?
Montgomery: “We are just sitting back and trying to analyze the best situation for me and what I feel like is the best time, then I will commit.”
Question: How much help are players here trying to give you with your decision?
Montgomery: “Yes. A whole lot. All those guys are talking to me a lot and trying to sell me when they get a chance.”
Question: How did a 6-11 player develop such terrific perimeter skills?
Montgomery: “When I was younger my dad had me at the point guard and when I got taller, I learned to post so I could do both. I have always been pretty tall but it was middle school when the growth spurt really hit.”