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2018 5-star hoops star E.J. Montgomery picks Auburn

Bruce Pearl is back at it, folks.

The Auburn coach, who previously turned UW-Milwaukee into a Sweet 16 program and Tennessee into a perennial Sweet 16 competitor. At Auburn, he’s just getting the full-on revamp going, but his recruiting efforts are sure to speed things up on the Plains.

On Thursday night, the Tigers received their biggest high school hoops recruit of the junior class. E.J. Montgomery, the star 6-foot-10 forward for Montverde Academy and Georgia native, announced he would attend Auburn ahead of scholarship offers from just about every major East Coast program, not to mention UCLA. Montgomery is a 5-star prospect widely considered one of the top-15 overall players in the Class of 2018.

Montgomery’s decision comes fewer than three weeks after he took an official visit to the Tigers. If there was any question whether Pearl played a role in convincing Montgomery to head to Auburn, the prospect answered that in his announcement on Twitter: