Montgomery and William James-Core, members of the 2014-15 Malcolm X College
men’s basketball team, will continue their academic and athletic careers at
Purdue University–North Central beginning in August after they each signed a letter
of intent with the Westville, Ind., school.
academically, Montgomery and James-Core were in their first season of
intercollegiate competition this year.
Both are on track to earn their associate degree at the completion of
the Spring 2015 semester. Montgomery
will major in computer science at Purdue-North Central, while James-Core will
pursue a degree in criminal justice.
a 6-foot, 6-inch forward, averaged 4.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.0 block per
game in 30 games for Malcolm X, which finished the season with a 17-14 record. The
Michele Clark High School graduate was a starter in each of the final nine outings
of the year and averaged 10.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks during that
stretch. He also published five double-doubles and shot 58.6 percent (41-of-70)
from the field in those nine appearances.
a career-best 18 points on 9-of-11 field goal shooting in Malcolm X’s 78-62
victory over the Trinity Christian junior varsity team February 5th. His other top totals included 14 rebounds in
the Hawks’ 72-67 win against Richard J. Daley College on February 14th
and five blocks in a 68-65 triumph vs. Kennedy-King College on February 21st.
graduate of Northrop High School in Indiana, James-Core saw limited playing time in 2014-15 due to injury. The 6-foot, 4-inch guard totaled 10 points,
three assists, two points and one steal in nine games.
addition to Montgomery and James-Core, Clarence Heath, who played at Malcolm X from
2012-14, will also be part of the 2015-16 Purdue-North Central team. In his first season, Heath led PNC in scoring
(14.8 points per game) and rebounding (10.3 rebounds per game) this year.
Central, an NAIA school that competes in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic
Conference, had a 10-20 record in 2014-15.