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Kentucky's EJ Montgomery Announces NBA Draft Decision

EJ Montgomery grabs a rebound for Kentucky against Abilene Christian.

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - MARCH 21: EJ Montgomery #23 of the Kentucky Wildcats grabs a rebound in the first half against the Abilene Christian Wildcats during the first round of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on March 21, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

One of four five-star prospects that Kentucky landed in the 2018-19 season, forward EJ Montgomery wound up seeing fewer minutes on the court than his fellow five-star freshmen. With the NBA draft on his radar, Montgomery has made a decision on his future.

On Friday, Kentucky Basketball announced that Montgomery would be "testing the waters" and declare for the NBA Draft. However, he would be retaining his option to return to the school by the end of May deadline.

As a freshman, Montgomery made 10 starts in 37 appearances. He averaged 3.8 points per game, 4.1 rebounds per game, and one block per game.

The announcement came with a post from Montgomery, who thanked the school and coach John Calipari for the opportunity to play.

Coming out of high school in 2018, Montgomery was the No. 9 overall prospect in the country, per 247Sports. He was the No. 2 power forward in the country, and the No. 1 prospect from the state of Georgia.

He was the highest-ranked player in a Kentucky class that included four players in the top 25.

But despite his high ranking, Montgomery did not see as much playing time as any of his fellow freshman.

Montgomery's limited playing time ultimately may hurt his draft stock - if he gets drafted at all. Of course, the door remains open for him to return to Kentucky as well.