Valentine’s day 2017 will always hold a special place in Christian Montague’s ‘17 heart as that was the night he surpassed scoring more than 1,000 points in his basketball career at CJ, becoming only the sixth Eagle to achieve the accomplishment.
“I'm very proud of being the only the sixth Eagle because it's a long milestone,” Montague said. “This sure wouldn't be possible without my teammates!”
Head Men’s Basketball Coach Joe Staley ‘72 has coached three out of the six 1,000 point scorers, which included Staley’s son, Joe ‘10 and Darnell Hoskins ‘93.
“All three were great players and special for different reasons,” Staley noted. “The way Christian was able to come back from last year's season ending injury really speaks to his courage and hard work. Because of that, Christian's may be the best.
“What makes Christian such a good player is his athleticism and his obvious skill,” Staley continued. “He's very hard to guard because he's a very good shooter, and at the same time, very good at getting to the rim going either left or right. But the biggest thing is that he is really competitive and determined.”
Montague has racked up several awards as an Eagle including being named to the All-GCL North Team, GCL All-League First Team, District 15 All-Star Team, and All-Southwest District Team.
“I've always lead by examples,” Montague reflected. “I learned how to lead by Myo Baxter ‘15 and Alan Vest ‘15. When time gets tough, the team is going to look at you. It’s just more than basketball; they will be my brothers forever. I will always come back to see them play.”
Montague said he is still deciding on where to continue his basketball career after graduating from CJ.
“My biggest hope for Christian is that he can lead his team to a championship, while playing well enough to earn an athletic scholarship to a Division One school,” Staley said. “He's very deserving. Christian will be the measuring stick that every guard who follows him here at CJ will be measured against.”