Kentucky forward EJ Montgomery makes 2020 NBA Draft decision
EJ Montgomery has made his decision, he’s leaving Kentucky and is off to the 2020 NBA Draft. Montgomery had previously announced he would test the NBA waters but he’s now officially staying in the draft.
Following this news, all five starting players for the Wildcats from last season have now left John Calipari’s Wildcat program this offseason. Montgomery joins Nick Richards, Immanuel Quickley, Ashton Hagans and Tyrese Maxey as Wildcats to announce their decision to leave for the NBA.
Of course, if there’s one basketball program in the nation best equipped to handle turnover of that level, it’s Calipari’s Kentucky program.
Montgomery shared the following statement announcing the news:
“What an incredible honor it has been to play for not only one of the best schools in the country, but also the best fans,” Montgomery said. “When I decided to come to Kentucky, it was a dream of mine to win a national championship. I know my brothers and I were ready to go to war for our coaches, the university and Big Blue Nation to bring home the national title this year.
“The circumstances were unfortunate, but I am thankful that I was able to play for a great coach and coaching staff and compete every day in practice and in games to challenge myself to become a better all-around player.
“With that being said, I have decided to take the next step in my career and chase after my ultimate dream and declare for the NBA Draft. I would like to thank Coach Cal and the entire coaching staff for giving me this opportunity and challenging me to become a better player and a better young man. Also, my brothers for the grind and always having my back. I would like to thank my family and friends for all their support through this experience. And lastly, I would like to thank you, BBN!”