Projected Draft Range: 2nd Round to Undrafted
Active finisher around the basket
Excels at scoring on off-ball motion plays
Good shot blocker
Has a long wingspan
Needs to improve his face-up game
May have shot selection issues
Needs to improve his playmaking skills
May be fairly raw offensively
Tends to be quite undisciplined defensively
Questionable feel for the game
E.J. Montgomery is an athletic big man that played for Kentucky this season. He played for former NBA head coach John Calipari, and NBA scouts and teams may be enamored with his size, athleticism, and perceived upside.
However, he has struggled to get consistent playing time this year, and he also may be raw offensively. He has struggled to make shots efficiently, and while he can rebound and block shots, Montgomery has tended to be quite foul prone on defense. He will have to improve his offensive skills and overall feel for the game, but if he can, in a favorable scenario, he could perhaps end up being a similar player to former Dallas Mavericks’ center, Ian Mahinmi in the NBA.