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Will five-star forward EJ Montgomery visit Duke or UNC again?

E.J. Montgomery, a five-star forward from Martietta, Ga.,  commits to Kentucky instead of Duke or UNC.
E.J. Montgomery, a five-star forward from Martietta, Ga., commits to Kentucky instead of Duke or UNC. adidas

E.J. Montgomery, the five-star power forward from Marietta, Ga. is planning a trip back to the Triangle. Montgomery, who’s 6-10 and 200 pounds made unofficial visits to North Carolina and Duke last week.

Now the No. 12 recruit in the nation plans to make official visits to both schools before making a final decision, according to ESPN’s Paul Biancardi.

Montgomery sat courtside for UNC’s 83-66 win over Notre Dame on Feb. 12. Two days later, on Feb. 14, Montgomery, the No. 1 player in the state of Georgia, according to 247Sports, attended Duke’s 74-52 win over Virginia Tech.

It’s unclear when he’ll visit either school again. The Tar Heels have one home game remaining, against Miami on Feb. 27. Duke has three home games left, including Wednesday’s game against Louisville. The Blue Devils then host Syracuse on Saturday and UNC on March 3. Montgomery is also scheduled to take an unofficial visit to Kentucky on Saturday, according to ESPN.

A recruit can take as many unofficial visits as they want, but are only allowed five official visits. An official visit is when the school pays for travel, housing and meals.

If the Blue Devils land Montgomery, Duke would have five of the top 12 Class of 2018 recruits in the country. Montgomery would join R.J. Barrett (No. 1), Cam Reddish (No. 2), Zion Williamson (No. 3) and Tre Jones (No. 8), all five-star players.

If Montgomery ends up at UNC, he’d join Nassir Little (No. 6), Coby White (No. 23) and Rechon Black (No. 62).

Montgomery, a senior at Wheeler High School, originally committed to Auburn in 2016, but when it was announced that assistant coach Chuck Person was part of the FBI’s investigation into college basketball, Montgomery backed off the commitment.

Montgomery is averaging 26 points and 14 rebounds a game this season.

Jonas Pope IV: 919-419-6501, @JEPopeIV

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