Atlantic City's Jahleem Montague, right, dunk against Holy Spirit's John Middleton on Tuesday.

Edward Lea

Jahleem Montague visited Morgan State University this past weekend and watched the men’s basketball team practice.

The 6-foot-9 Atlantic City High School graduate could envision himself on the court, so he verbally committed this week to attend the Baltimore school on a Division I scholarship.

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Montague helped the Vikings boys basketball team win state Group IV titles in 2012 and 2013. He graduated in June and is currently enrolled at The Robinson School, a prep school in Irvington (Essex County ). Montague underwent surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in May. He is expected to play for The Robinson School in December.

Montague’s best could be ahead of him. Injuries slowed him at Atlantic City. He had surgery to repair his ACL after his sophomore season. He played all of his senior season on the torn ACL but was still a Press All Star. Montague averaged 9.9 points and 5.9 rebounds last season. He was at his best in the postseason, averaging 12.7 points in 11 postseason games.

Montague elected to attend a prep school in part because his injury limited his college choices.

Montague had the rare ability to change a game without scoring. He has intimidating presence in the lane on defense. Montague had the length to guard post players and the agility to defend on the perimeter.

Montague joins a winning program. Coach Todd Bozeman has led Morgan State to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2009 and 2010 . Morgan State finished 17-15 last season. Bozeman cannot comment on Montague until the player signs a National Letter of Intent, under NCAA regulations. Montague cannot sign that letter until Nov. 13, according to the NCAA.


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