Nate Sestina, EJ Montgomery sign free agent contracts

Both sign contracts allowing them chances to make their NBA teams or play for their G-League affiliate.

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LEXINGTON, KY (WTVQ) – Former Cats EJ Montgomery and Nate Sestina didn’t have their name called in the NBA Draft, but now they will get their shot at the NBA.

On Twitter, Coach Cal announced both had been signed. Montgomery to the Bucks and Sestina to the Brooklyn Nets.

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Sestina has been signed to an Exhibit-10 contract. This means Sestina will be invited to Nets camp and they will have the option to turn his contract into a two-way contract. This would allow Sestina to play in the G-League and possibly be called up to the Nets professional team. They are one-year deals.

The Bucknell transfer was brought in to give instant leadership and veteran play to a young Cal team. Sestina played an important leadership role on a young team and provided key minutes off the bench. He started seven of 28 games played.

While playing for Kentucky, he surpassed 1,000 career points late in the season at LSU. He finished his college career with 1,037 points, 621 rebounds and 86 blocks. Last season, he averaged 5.8 points and 3.8 rebounds in his lone season at UK with four double-figure scoring games. He made one of his biggest impact from deep. He made 40.7% from 3-point range, the second-best mark on the team.

EJ Montgomery signed a two-way contract with the Bucks. This will allow him a shot to make the team in camp or play for their G-League affiliate.

Montgomery’s time at Kentucky will always be looked at as a “what if” scenario. Most Solid Blue fans will say Montgomery never reached his full potential at Kentucky. As a freshman, Montgomery came in as the top-ranked recruit in Kentucky’s class. He struggled as a freshman, but improved in his sophomore season and evolved into a full-time starter.

He posted career highs in points (6.1 per game), rebounding (5.4 per game), blocks (1.1 per game), field-goal percentage (51.8%) and free-throw percentage (66.7%). Montgomery carved a role late in the season with key hustle plays, coming up with important rebounds and 50-50 balls as UK won 17 of 20 down the stretch. His most memorable moment came in what would end up being Kentucky’s final game of the season. He had the game-winning tip-in with 11 seconds to play to help UK overcome an 18-point deficit at Florida.

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas toBKennedy@wtvq.com