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Northwestern’s James Montgomery III awarded a scholarship (VIDEO)

Oct 22, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

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James Montgomery has made an impression on first-year Northwestern coach Chris Collins.

The long-time Duke assistant accepted the head coaching job at Northwestern in March. He ostensibly knew of Northwestern’s top players from afar, but not on a personal level. Collins almost certainly did not know of James Montgomery prior to coming to Northwestern.

Calling Montgomery, who is embarking on his senior season, a role player would be generous. He’s seen just 124 total minutes of action and scored 17 points in his career.

Despite that, Collins couldn’t be asking anything more of Montgomery during the early season practices. He’s been so impressed with Montgomery, that he awarded him a scholarship for his senior season.

During his freshman year at Northwestern, Montgomery served as a practice player for the Northwestern women’s basketball team.

Going from practicing with the women’s team to earning a scholarship to play Big Ten basketball — job well done.

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