ESPN No. 31 ranked high school senior EJ Montgomery, who decommitted from Auburn in September, is a fast-rising star in the 2018 class.
“Always considered a top prospect in the class, Montgomery seems to have taken his game to a new level,” wrote 247sports’ Brian Snow. “He had the physical tools to be a star, but now the focus is there and the production is matching the potential.”
“As a potential stretch power forward who can also rebound and hold his own on the inside, he is loaded with talent and versatility,” adds Snow. “With a motor that is running, defenders have struggled to find any way to defend Montgomery so far as a senior. Montgomery is now one of the most heavily recruited players in the country.”
The 6-10 forward out of Montverde Academy (FL) was one of the top rebounders on the adidas Gauntlet circuit last year, grabbing 9.3 boards per game for the Atlanta Celtics.
Montgomery also had a strong showing at the 2016 adidas Summer Championships in Las Vegas when he averaged 9.8 points and 7.3 rebounds.
This season he has gotten off to a strong start with a 35-point explosion in a victory over Buford HS (GA) over the Thanksgiving holiday.
“I have something to prove,” said Montgomery. “I’m coming out here with the mindset to kill everybody and just try and compete the whole game.”
Snow loves Montgomery’s game.
“EJ brings a strong combination of size, skill and athleticism to Auburn,” said Snow. “He is one of the most naturally gifted players in this class and his upside is huge.”
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