Monk To Officially Visit Arkansas Oct. 24-26

Bentonville basketball star Malik Monk announces his official visits, including one to Arkansas on Oct. 24-26.

Bentonville basketball star Malik Monk announced Tuesday night that he will take an official visit to Arkansas on Oct. 24-26 and has three other visits also set up.

Monk (6-4, 190) - ranked seventh nationally by Scout. com, will also take official visits to Oregon (Sept. 18-20), Kansas (Oct. 9-11), Kentucky (Oct. 16-18), and will also take visits to North Carolina and Florida State.

One of those latter two will be an unofficial visit as the NCAA only allows five official visits.

 Monk tried to dispel the thought that his decision will come down between Arkansas and Kentucky.

"Before I even cut down my list, every school had a chance, but everybody just asked me about Arkansas and Kentucky so I guess that's why thought it was a two-man race," Malik Monk said. "But I am open to every school I just named."

He also noted that the schools and their 2016 recruiting classes would not be a big factor for him.

"It really doesn't matter because there's going to be good players wherever you go to," Monk said. "I just want to be comfortable with the coaches."

Marcus Monk, the former Razorback football and basketball player, noted his younger brother won't be narrowing the list publically.

“This will be the only list he releases until he makes his final decision,” noted Marcus Monk said. “(The) schools are in no particular order.”

Marcus Monk also noted that he and their mother Jackie were comfortable with Malik's final six.

"All of those schools, I feel he can thrive on the court, but it was more of a lifestyle of him becoming a young adult," Marcus Monk said. "We were looking for a coach, someone we felt secure handing him off to help become a young adult in the classroom and responsibility and holding him accountable for his actions."

Malik Monk averaged 26.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.9 steals while shooting 48.1 percent from the field and 34.8 percent from the 3-point line as a junior.

Monk announced the list on The Raw Report, a new radio show on 99.5 FM in Northwest Arkansas that is hosted by Marcus Monk and fellow former Razorback basketball player Nick Mason.

He orginally announced his plans to announce his decision this spring and sign in the late signing period, but hedged a bit on that Tuesday night.

"It's just whenever I get comfortable with my coaches or whoever," Malik Monk said. "I feel after I get done with my official visits and whenver I feel comfortable, then I'll make my decision."


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