EJ Montgomery Rumors
Calipari has five players from last year’s Kentucky squad — Ashton Hagans, Immanuel Quickley, Nick Richards, EJ Montgomery and Ashton Hagans — who have declared for next month’s draft. Although Calipari’s players have fared well in the draft, this one will be much different because of the COVD-19 pandemic.
Calipari said his “biggest worry” is working out for players working out for teams before the draft and isn’t sure how that will work out in moving forward. “If they spend two months and don’t do anything, and they try to go work out for an NBA team, it ain’t going to work for them,” he said. “So, there are no gyms, there are no health clubs, unless they have a gym in their house. None of them do. Unless they have a health area, a workout area within their home. None of them do. How is this? How are we doing this? So, my worry is more about that. We’re getting information to the kids.”
After that, opinions were more varied, according to Stadium’s Jeff Goodman, who quoted anonymous NBA executives on the other four Wildcats. By far the most negative opinion came on EJ Montgomery, who surprised many by announcing that he wouldn’t just test the waters, but would keep his name in for the NBA Draft after averaging just 6.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. “We don’t even have him in our Top 100,” an NBA executive said. “I have no clue what he’s thinking.”
Kyle Tucker: Ashton Hagans, Tyrese Maxey, Immanuel Quickley and Nick Richards have all made it official. Vibe I’m getting is EJ Montgomery increasingly likely to join them soon. That’d be all five starters gone. Plus the sixth man. And 8 of 9 contributors. Getting Matt Haarms is a must.