View Malik Monk’s highlight reel as a sophomore in high school and you’ll quickly see why he was regarded as one of the nation’s most impressive players in the Class of 2016. Between back-to-back game-winners, uber athletic plays and no-look dimes, Monk was a force on the hardwood from an early age.
By the end of his senior year, the smooth shooting guard was named a McDonald’s All-American, Arkansas’ Mr. Basketball and Jordan Brand Classic Co-MVP. During his final season in Bentonville, Arkansas, Malik tallied 28 points, seven rebounds and four assists per contest – committing to the University of Kentucky ranked as the United States ninth-best prospect of 2016.
Scoring 20 or more points in half of his games with Kentucky, Monk was a must-watch on the college level – often catching fire from the floor or throwing down his patented highlight-worthy slams.
Between his near 40-percent three-point shooting, high-flying athleticism and ability to contain opposing guards, Monk quickly made his mark at the collegiate level.
The 19-year-old’s best effort came in one of the NCAA’s best single-game performances of the season – a 47-point outing, including the game-winner over the eventual NCAA Champion North Carolina Tar Heels.