Glendale 2018 guard Monty Johal has been lighting up scoreboards since he burst on the varsity scene as a freshman four years ago. On Thursday, the 6'3 left handed shooting guards will be taking an unofficial visit to Evansville.

One of Missouri’s top uncommitted players, Johal currently holds offers from Toledo and UW-Milwaukee, and is drawing interest from Evansville, Nebraska, Furman, SIU-Edwardsville, and New Mexico State. 

Johal has been a fixture for Yanders Law since he entered high school and says competing with the same group of guys for several summers in a row has been fun and a unique experience. He has been paired up with fellow Glendale guards Jordan Walton and Garrett Freeman and also played alongside Springfield city rivals Sam Wallin and Donyae McCaskill, both of Kickapoo.

“My summer experience went really well,” Johal said. “I got to play with a lot of the same guys I've been playing AAU ball since the beginning of high school so it was nice to end playing with them. We also added a couple really talented players from Arkansas and we all really bonded.  I grew on and off the court. On the court I found ways to get my teammates involved more and I added multiple dimensions to my game besides just scoring.”

Expectations are high this year for the Glendale Falcons and Johal says he is looking forward to competing in the Bass Pro Tournament on Champions in his home town.

“I’m very excited about this upcoming season,” he says. “We have 8-9 seniors and 4 of our 5 starters coming back. I'm looking to get past districts and the main goal is to get to the final four. 

“I'm really looking forward to playing in the Tournament of Champions. There are tons of top 100 kids in that tournament and I get to play in it in front of my hometown. The team I look forward to playing in it is Oak Hill if we get matched up with them.”

A fan of James Harden, Johal says his dad has been the biggest influence on his basketball career to date. 

“He's always positive no matter if I have a bad game or a good game,” Johal said. “He's always willing to give me advice. Just seeing him support me and drive everywhere with me has motivated me to be the best player and person I can be. He has never missed a game.”

Johal played with the Yanders Law program during the grassroots travel season.