Montgomery Gives Lions Three

Mack Montgomery, a talented senior swingman from North Carolina, is headed east. Over the weekend, Montgomery made his decision.

Joe Jones isn't wasting any time in turning around the fortunes of the Columbia Lions. So far he's nailed down commitments from Ben Nwachukwu and Brett Loscalzo. Both of those players are from the northeast but this time, Jones headed south for a pickup.

According to Denny Medlin, the head coach at Clayton High, Montgomery is headed to Columbia.

"Mack wants to be a doctor," Medlin said. "Just talking to the doctors and the staff at Columbia; he just fell in love with the place. He was just sold on that part of the equation."

Jones wasted little time in pitching what the future of the Columbia program looks like when he began his recruitment of Montgomery.

"He's sharp. He came down and really sold Mack. He's gotten a couple of steals there and he's really bringing in some kids who can help them. The whole university is putting an emphasis on basketball. He's got these kids believing that they're going to be the reason he's turning it around. Mack turned down several scholarships to some decent programs to go there."

In fact, Montgomery had visits with Furman and Georgia State scheduled but has since cancelled those trips. He played last summer with the North Carolina Gaters.

"I think it's a steal," Medlin said. "He's really sold on that academic piece."

And the basketball isn't going to be too bad either.

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