Auburn keeps momentum going by landing five-star Class of 2018 forward

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When Bruce Pearl took the job at Auburn, it was assumed that he could recruit top-100 caliber players to the struggling program, but Pearl’s recruiting is exceeding those expectations.

On Thursday night, the Tigers landed another huge commitment as five-star Class of 2018 power forward E.J. Montgomery pledged to Auburn on Twitter. The commitment of Montgomery represents the third consecutive recruiting class in which Pearl is bringing a five-star prospect into the fold.

Montgomery’s sister, Brandy Montgomery, plays for the Auburn women’s basketball team, so the Tigers were able to capitalize on the connection.

The 6-foot-9 Montgomery emerged on the national scene as an eighth grader as he was a rare rising freshman who was productive playing up on the 17U level in the adidas Gauntlet. Regarded as the No. 9 overall prospect in the national class, according to Rivals, Montgomery’s commitment is a great start for Auburn in the Class of 2018.

An athletic big man with a lot of upside, Montgomery has a chance to be a double-double threat on a nightly basis if he plays up to his potential.