Coach John Calipari didn’t make it clear last week whether he wants to add another player to Kentucky’s 2018 class, but 5-star power forward E.J. Montgomery would be quite an addition after missing on Zion Williamson.
The former Auburn commit is the best available big man in a 2018 class that’s lacking quality post players. Montgomery is the 12th-ranked overall prospect and the No. 3 power forward, according to the 247Sports composite.
The 6-foot-10 and 200-pound native of Marietta, Ga., was paid a visit by Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne on Wednesday, according to CatsPause.com.
Montgomery is reportedly down to 11 schools, all of which he has offers from: Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina, South Carolina, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Georgetown, USC, Georgia, Clemson and UCLA.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski already has the Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 9 prospects in the 2018 class, and the Blue Devils are heavily favored to land Montgomery. Duke could have five of the top 12 prospects in the class if Montgomery chooses Duke.
Montgomery has an unofficial visit planned to Duke when it plays Virginia Tech on Feb. 14, according to Evan Daniels of 247Sports. He hasn’t announced any other visits.