Northwestern Basketball Walk-On Gets Offered Surprise Scholarship, Is Very Emotional

By Connor Muldowney
James Montgomery
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It’s always good to see athletes hustle and give it their all. In college, it seems like that happens all the time and these kids are fighting for a chance to play at the next level. For the Northwestern Wildcats, it seems like hustle is all they do on the basketball court. Sure they’ve never made the NCAA Tournament, but this team does not quit fighting until the very end of every season. Wildcats’ walk-on and 6-foot-4 guard James Montgomery epitomizes a guy who hustles and gives it his all every time he hits the court — which isn’t very often.

The senior guard is a walk-on and has been for his entire college career. Beginning his career as strictly a practice player, Montgomery has since made the actual roster. He has scored just 17 career points and his known for his tough, gritty defensive play as well as his tremendous love for the game.

Not having a scholarship and dedicating most of his time to playing the sport he loves while still excelling in the classroom, Montgomery is exactly the kind of guy you want to root for.

Watch as he earns a surprise scholarship in front of his teammates during a team meeting.

This is just amazing and if you don’t get goosebumps from watching this and his reaction and then calling his mother and sister and breaking the news, then you probably don’t have a heart. This is what these kids work for every day and the fact that he has stuck with it for so long under former head coach Bill Carmody never earning a scholarship just shows his love for the game.

Apparently he impressed new head coach Chris Collins enough to earn the scholarship prior to the season.

Amazing stuff.

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