Marietta, Ga.--Currently rated No. 1 nationally in recruiting for the 2017 basketball signee class, the Auburn Tigers are off to an impressive start for their 2018 recruiting class with a Thursday evening verbal commitment from five-star forward E.J. Montgomery.
The brother of current Auburn women’s basketball team standout Brandy Montgomery, E.J. is ranked five stars by Scout.com.
A regular visitor to the Auburn campus to see his sister play basketball, Montgomery chose the Tigers over offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, UCLA, Baylor, Florida State, Cal and North Carolina State. Montgomery's sister is a senior guard for Auburn and the top returning performer for the 2016-17 team.
Evan Daniel, Scout.com's director of basketball scouting, said, "I think this is a significant pickup for Bruce Pearl and Auburn. E.J. Montgomery is a five-star player and is the third five-star prospect the Tigers have been able to pull in three consecutive classes.
"He is six-foot-ten, he is mobile, he is skilled and he is athletic," Daniel pointed out. "He can impact the game in a variety of ways. Auburn's associate head coach, Chuck Person, did a really good job recruiting the kid and was able to secure an early pledge. It is a big deal."
Previously at Montverde Academy in Florida, Montgomery transferred to Wheeler High School in Marietta, Ga., for his junior year of school.
Auburn's 2016 recruiting class features five-star guard Mustapha Heron, who could be a starter for this season's AU basketball team. Expected to sign with the Tigers in November is another five-star prospect, Austin Wiley, a six-foot-ten guard who played for the Team USA as it won the gold medal this summer at the 2016 Under17 World Championship Tournament in Spain.