John Montgomery has played two seasons at LMU after redshirting his true freshman year in 2002-03. He will enter his senior campaign in 2006-07. After playing as a walk-on his first three seasons, Coach Tention awarded him with a scholarship in 2005-06 and he lived up to the task.
2005-06 Season Notes at LMU:
Montgomery played in all 30 games and earned career-bests in all most every stats category. Montgomery finished the regular season averaging 3.0 points, 2.1 assists and 0.6 steals per contest. He went on to set career-highs with 89 points, 63 assists, 19 steals, 24 rebounds, 14 three-pointers and 26 total field goals. As a back-up point guard he finished fourth on the team in three-pointers and assists. From the field he hit 31.0 percent, going 26.4 percent from the three-point line and 79.3 percent from the free throw line. He scored five points against Washington (11-25-05) and had what was then a career-high five assists against UC Santa Barbara (12-3-05). He played 18 minutes against Northern Colorado (12-17-05) and finished with career-best eight assists, four points and a steal. He played a career-best 28 minutes with seven points against Hawaii (12-20-05) and then set a career high with nine points at UNLV (12-29-05). He played the final five minutes to help LMU earn win over Santa Clara (1-21-06), scoring six points in 20 minutes. He continued his role as a clutch player by closing wins in the final minutes as he played 21 minutes with six points in win over Saint Mary's (1-23-06). He added seven points with two assists and two steals against Pepperdine (1-28-06) and had eight points with two assists on two three-pointers against Santa Clara (2-25-06). In the WCC tournament he played 12 minutes in the win over Saint Mary's (3-5-06) and 14 against Gonzaga (3-6--6). He went on to score four points with two steals.
2004-05 Season Notes at LMU:
Montgomery finished his sophomore season averaging two points a game in eight appearances. He had ACL surgery following the season as he tore his ACL in practice leading up to the WCC tournament. Leading up to that campaign he had 3.2 points and 1.2 rebounds to go with 17 assists and seven steals while playing in all five games during the Lions' Europe tour. During the regular season he made first appearance of the season with two assists and two rebounds in five minutes of action in win over Northern Colorado (11-24-04). He then played two minutes off the bench against Northern Arizona (12-29-04) and 12 minutes with a three-point field goal at Utah State (12-30-04). Against the Aggies he added two assists. He then played two minutes at Minnesota (1-3-05) and six minutes with four field goal attempts at home against Santa Clara (1-20-05). He had a season-high seven points on 2-for-3 shooting, including a three-pointer against Saint Mary's (1-22-05). He hit 2-for-3 from the charity stripe, with three assists, two rebounds and a steal. He played 12 minutes and went 2-for-3 from three-point line, scoring six points with a steal and a rebound on the road against Santa Clara (2-19-05).
2003-04 Season at LMU:
In his first season of action as a redshirt freshman, he appeared in 21 games for the Lions, averaging 6.9 minutes per game with 13 assists and four steals. He was key off the bench in the Lions' wins over Central Connecticut State, Cal State Fullerton, Colgate and Northern Colorado. Made first collegiate appearance, playing four minutes with a defensive rebound and an assist in the win over Binghamton in the Mohegan Sun Classic (11-29-03). Montgomery ontinued strong play off the bench, scoring first collegiate points on a three-pointer in championship game of the tournament against Central Connecticut State (11-30-03). He played 12 minutes with a rebound, assist and steal in the win. In the return home, he played two minutes in win over Cal Poly (12-3-03), played three minutes in homecoming game against UNLV (12-6-03), four minutes in double overtime win over Denver (12-16-03) and two minutes at Long Beach State (12-23-03). He played some big minutes for the Lions in the win over Cal State Fullerton (12-30-03), earning two assists in the six minutes on the floor. He then had a season-best 15 minutes with two assists and two points in the win over Colgate (1-2-04). He played 10 minutes with two steals and a rebound in solid effort against Gonzaga (1-10-04) to open conference play. His play continued to improve with 19 minutes, an assist, steal, two rebounds and two points against Portland (1-12-04). He played seven minutes in win over San Diego (1-15-04), nine minutes at Santa Clara (1-17-04) and then had best game of season in win over Northern Colorado (1-20-04). Against the Bears he scored what was then a career-high eight points in 20 minutes. He added three assists and four rebounds. The next game he played eight minutes against rival Pepperdine (1-24-04) and then five minutes with two assists and a rebound in win over Santa Clara (2-12-04). He played two minutes with an assist in victory over San Diego (2-14-04) and played two minutes in road win over Saint Mary's. He came up big in WCC First Round win over Portland (3-5-04), playing seven minutes with an assist and then played four minutes with another assist in WCC Quarterfinals against Pepperdine (3-6-04).
Graduated from St. Francis High School in May of 2002... earned two letters in basketball for Head Coach Steve Filios at St. Francis... also played JV Golf as a freshman and sophomore and played football as a freshman... finished senior season ranked in the top-five in the West Catholic Athletic League for three-point field goal percentage (40 percent)... also ranked in the top-10 in the WCAL in scoring (11 points per game)... was an All-Area (Mid-Peninsula) selection as a senior... in addition, earned All-Mercury News honorable mention and All-WCAL honors his final season... was voted team captain and best defensive player as a senior... won team's award for taking the most charges on the team... competed in back-to-back state championships at Division II level... team finished 25-9 as a senior.
John Michael Montgomery was born on April 26, 1983 in Missoula, MT... he is the son of Mike and Sarah Montgomery... father has coached at Stanford and in the NBA with the Golden State Warriors... he has one sister, Annie... sister plays volleyball for USC and won a national title in 2003... was heavily involved in community service work in high school, working with mentally disabled as a freshman, coaching a fifth grade basketball team as a sophomore, working with elderly at a convalescent home as a junior and volunteering at the San Jose Family Shelter... chose LMU for the opportunity to compete in Division I basketball while attending a university with a great academic emphasis... hopes to follow in his father's footsteps and become a basketball coach... a Sociology major.
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