By LARRY VAUGHT
Count Rivals.com recruiting writer Krysten Peek as a believer in Kentucky signee E.J. Montgomery.
“E.J. had glimpses of greatness during the McDonald’s All American practices. There were a couple times he surprised everyone in the gym with a putback dunk or a nice block and it’s surprising because he’s such a quiet kid,” Peek said.
“He’s not very vocal on the court like Keldon Johnson and Immanuel Quickley, so when the quiet players do something ridiculous it always draws a reaction. He’s tough in the lane but also has a nice mid-range jumper. I would say he’s not as strong as PJ Washington but his outside game is much better.”
Many were surprised that Kentucky coach John Calipari was able to add both point guard Ashton Hagans and the 6-11 Montgomery so late. There had been national attention paid to how Duke’s recruiting had surpassed UK and then Calipari landed two-five star players in a day.
“Nothing ever really surprises me about Kentucky anymore. They were looking like just an OK recruiting class — in the coach Cal era standards — and in a matter of 24 hours the added two five-stars and jumped Oregon for the No. 2 spot in the team rankings right behind Duke’s powerhouse class,” Peek said.