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Several McDonald's All-Americans predicted that E.J. Montgomery will be a Tar Heel in 2018.

North Carolina recruiting: Several All-Americans predict Tar Heels to land E.J. Montgomery

Cody Pace

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E.J. Montgomery predicted to North Carolina by 4 All-Americans

The McDonald’s All-American Game is annually one of the premier basketball events for high school players, bringing the best of the best to one game.

But it rarely carries much of a recruiting angle, because most prospects already have decided where they’ll play college basketball, and many have even signed their letters of intent.

For that reason, there was a lot of buzz around 5-star power forward E.J. Montgomery this week as one of the top-rated uncommitted prospects in the Class of 2018.

The nation’s No. 3 power forward and No. 12 overall player is expected to announce soon where he’ll be taking his five official visits. Three are expected to belong to Kentucky, Duke and North Carolina, but those final two spots have been complicated with new Georgia coach Tom Crean’s push for a visit.

While the industry believes Montgomery is leaning toward Duke, he hasn’t tipped his hand too much as to where he might end up.

Sometimes, the best place to look for a hint on where a player might end up is to ask other recruits. A lot of the players get to know each other on the AAU circuits and through visits, so they can often glean some kind of insight into what other guys are thinking. While the best prospects in the country were all in one place this week, Rivals’ Woody Womack took advantage of the occasion to do just that and ask several prospects where they thought Montgomery would end up.

Kentucky ended up getting the most votes with five, followed by a tie between North Carolina and Duke with four each. The four prospects who pegged Montgomery to the Tar Heels were 5-star small forward Nassir Little, 5-star combo guard Coby White, 5-star small forward Louis King and 5-star shooting guard Romeo Langford.

The picks from Little and White are totally unsurprising, since they are both Tar Heels signees. King admitted his was just a guess, but Langford’s comment got a little traction among Tar Heels fans on social media on Thursday.

Langford told Womack he thought Roy Williams was “doing a good job recruiting him.” Then he added, “Who wouldn’t want to play there?” That seemed to pique some interest because Langford himself considered North Carolina before going to a final three of Vanderbilt, Kansas and Indiana.

Tar Heels eyeing Virginia RB

North Carolina had a handful of prospects on campus for its junior day last weekend.

Several of those players walked away with new offers, including 3-star Oakton, Va., running back Jordan Houston.

Houston ranks as the No. 38 running back prospect in the junior class and falls just outside of the top 500 nationally.

Michigan State, Penn State, Virginia Tech and Syracuse are the early leaders among his 14 offers, but getting him on campus was an important first step for the Tar Heels, who are still searching for their first offensive commitment in the Class of 2019.

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