Monk Headed To Bentonville

Former Arkansas football and basketball star Marcus Monk confirmed Wednesday night that his younger brother Malik Monk (6-4, 170) and his mother are moving from Lepanto to Bentonville and he will play for the Tigers next season.

One of the state's top players who doubles as one of the nation's best young basketball players will soon have a new address.

  Sophomore Malik Monk (6-4, 170) will transfer from Class 2A East Poinsett County to Class 7A Bentonville for the upcoming season.

  That's per his brother Marcus, the former University of Arkansas football and basketball star who is currently getting his MBA in Fayetteville.

  "He hasn't enrolled at Bentonville yet, but we are packing up and headed that way and that is the plan," Marcus Monk said. "My mom was looking for a better work situation and that is the largest part of the deal – that and the chance for us all to be together."

The older Monk also acknowledged that the move will benefit his younger brother in terms of development.

"We have some really good teams over here in 2A, but night in and night out he will see better competition in 7A," Marcus Monk said. "Not only that, but I will get a chance to be around him and help him grow, developed and handle the recruiting process. A lot of people forget he is just a 15-year-old."

  The younger Monk – a consensus top 10 player nationally in the 2016 class who has official offers from Arkansas, Indiana and Memphis and interest from numerous others - was not available to comment on the move, but is coming off an outstanding spring and summer AAU season.

  That campaign culminated with leading the Arkansas Wings 16-and-under squad  - coached by Jonesboro head coach Wes Swift - to the Peach Jam championship in North Augusta, S.C., and the AAU national title in Orlando, Fla.

   "It's been a really good year for me, but I have just tried to remain humble and work hard every day to get better," Malik Monk said earlier this summer. "I know that I need to remain hungry and not think I have made it or something like that. My brother wouldn't let me do that anyway."

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