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Kentucky Signee Thinks Wildcats Are Getting This 5-Star Forward

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LEXINGTON, KY - MARCH 07: The Kentucky Wildcats mascot and cheerleaders perform during the game against the Florida Gators at Rupp Arena on March 7, 2015 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Five-star power forward EJ Montgomery is playing his recruitment very close to the vest. His fellow five-star Keldon Johnson thinks he knows where he'll end up, though.

Johnson is a member of Kentucky's three-man 2018 class. The shooting guard is joined by five-star point guard Immanuel Quickley, and four-star shooting guard Tyler Herro.

It is unclear who will leave UK after a down season for John Calipari's club. There's a good chance that he winds up getting much of the roster back.

Still, he recently said that he'd like to add to the class. Montgomery, a former Auburn commit, is believed to have UK on his short list.

He decommitted from Auburn, after now-former assistant Chuck Person was named in the FBI's probe into corruption in college basketball. While he's kept things under wraps, Johnson believes that Kentucky will wind up getting him.

Here's what Keldon Johnson said about EJ Montgomery's recruitment, via the Lexington Herald-Leader:

The trio of perceived favorites features UK, Duke and North Carolina, but even the recruits from those schools waffled on Montgomery predictions. Just about everyone gave a pick, but everyone also acknowledged it was no more than a guess.

Everyone except UK signee Keldon Johnson, that is.

“He’s keeping it close, but I think he’s going to come to Kentucky,” Johnson told the Herald-Leader. “So Big Blue Nation better get ready. I think he’s going to come.”

Johnson added that he’s been recruiting Montgomery — a 6-11 power forward from Marietta, Ga. — “pretty hard” over the past few days.

Montgomery is the No. 12 player in the country, and the No. 3 power forward, per 247Sports. Most expects at the site's crystal ball think he'll end up at Duke, but it does sound like anyone's guess.

[Lexington Herald-Leader]