Arkansas will use this weekend to try and keep arguably the best hoops player in the state in a couple of decades at home to play what will likely be his only year of collegiate basketball.
Bentonville guard Malik Monk (6-4, 190) – ranked as the seventh-best player nationally in the class of 2016 by Scout.com – will take his official visit to Arkansas beginning late Friday morning.
He will joined by former Little Rock Parkview standout and current Holmes, Miss., Community junior college All-American Daryl Macon (6-4, 180), one of the Razorbacks’ three commits in the 2016 class.
“I am going to spend time with him and just remind him how special it would be for us to lead our home school back to the top,” Macon said. “I know he has a lot of great options, but there is nothing like an Arkansas kid doing it for Arkansas.”
Macon joins Jaylen Barford (6-4, 205) of Motlow, Tenn., State – a fellow junior college All-American – and Campti, La., Lakeview forward Adrio Bailey (6-8, 205) as current Razorback pledges.
Monk, who averaged 26.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.9 steals per game last season, has already visited Oregon, Kansas and Kentucky and is still considering visits to either North Carolina or Florida State.
Marcus, Jackie and Malik Monk
He is the younger brother of former Razorback football and basketball star Marcus Monk, who will accompany Malik as well as his mom Jackie.
“As far as from a family aspect, we are very excited about this visit and it gives our mom a chance to get a first-hand account of how things are run at Arkansas,” Marcus Monk said. “It will give her a chance to compare and contrast with the other visits that we have taken.
“She has been to everyone of the visits so far and this will give her a open and clear-cut view of academics and really just everything from top to bottom.”
Malik Monk has been on the Arkansas campus a plethora of times to watch practice, games and to even play pick-up.
But he will get a more comprehensive look at Arkansas, which recently opened a brand new Basketball Performance Center and also hired a nutritionist for all of the programs.
“Malik knows a lot about Arkansas, obviously, but an official visit allows the opportunity to learn even more,” Marcus Monk said.
“He will have focal points like academics, development, weightlifting and even nutrition. This will allow him to be more specific and also compare and contrast what he has seen on the other visits.”
The Monk family’s stated intent was that Malik would likely sign in the spring signing period instead of the upcoming Nov. 11-18 early signing one.
“That’s still the same path he is headed down,” Marcus Monk said. “But to be honest. He hasn't set a time. If he decides that he wants to go ahead and make a decision, then there is no real deadline and he can do what he wants.
“It’s just a really big decision for him and he wants to have all the info he can as he goes about making that decision.”