Monk's Decision Won't Be Made Soon

Bentonville junior guard Malik Monk (6-4, 190), who has shined at this weekend's The Warmup AAU Tournament, said Saturday that he is in no rush to announce a college choice and plans to wait until the spring of 2016 before announcing his destination.

BENTONVILLE - It’s a constant question for Bentonville junior basketball star Malik Monk, but he stressed again Saturday that he just doesn't have an answer yet on where he is going to college.

Arkansas? Kentucky? Kansas? North Carolina? Duke?

All of those are certainly legitimate options for Monk, who is someone of the nation’s top five prospects nationally in the 2016 class and someone who showed off his talent for the Arkansas Wings Saturday at The Warmup AAU Tournament in Bentonville.

“I know people don’t believe me, but I really don’t think about it right now, I really don’t focus on college,” Monk said. “For me, I just think about high school basketball and AAU.

“I will play this spring and summer and then start researching the schools and try to cut my list down some and really see who all I have got to choose from.”

Monk, who averaged 26.9 points this past season, is sure about one thing - he does not plan to sign a letter-of-intent until the spring of 2016.

“You really don’t know what is going on inside at all those schools now,” Monk said. “Coaches might get fired, might change jobs or go to the NBA. I just feel like it is best to wait and see what is best for me.”

Monk had 15 points as his Arkansas Wings rolled the Tulsa Gators 77-32 Saturday morning in pool action.

Louisiana product Jalen Johnson had 19 points, Eric Curry and Mitchell Smith 16 and Monk 12 in the Wings’ 94-41 thrashing of Nebraska Elite on Thursday in a game that was 71-23 at intermission.

The Wings, who played their final pool game late Saturday, will begin bracket play at the event at Sunday at 8:20 a.m. with an eye toward the 2 p.m. championship game.

With all the offensive talent in the world, Monk is focused on the other side of the ball to improve this summer.

“Just being a lockdown defender,” Monk said. “That is my biggest goal.”

Arkansas fans are constantly telling him he needs to stay home and play for the Razorbacks, who finished 27-9 this past season and made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

His older brother Marcus was a basketball and football star at Arkansas.

“I can’t tell you who is where in the mix,” Monk said. “Every school is in it. It doesn’t matter if they are two miles away, 15 miles away or a long way away.

“It’s not like just because my brother went to Arkansas that I have to go there because in the end it has to be my choice.

“But it was a nice run for them. I really like them, I really like the coaches and I think it is a great program.”

It also was a nice run for Bentonville, who finished 21-6 and lost to North Little Rock in the Class 7A state championship game.

“I thought this year was going to be our year, but hopefully next year will be,” Monk said.



Marcus and Malik Monk


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