Monk To Kentucky

Bentonville guard Malik Monk has decided to sign with Kentucky over Arkansas, Oregon, Kansas and many others

 Bentonville guard Malik Monk has confirmed via tweet that he will sign with Kentucky. 

Monk, a 6-4, 190-pound guard who is ranked as the sixth-best player nationally, also took official visits to Arkansas, Kansas and Oregon.

"I feel at peace," Monk said in a text. "It's an opportunity to play with my friends."

Monk averaged 26.9 points per game last season while leading the Tigers to the Class 7A state title game before losing to North Little Rock.

"Kentucky is a great fit for me and what I want out of my future," Monk told  "Coach Cal knows how to get the best out of great players.

"He has proven that in his years of coaching. I trust that he will continue to grow my game." 

The Razorbacks signed three of the nation’s top four junior college players in the country in the past week in Motlow, Tenn., College point guard Jaylen Barford (6-5, 210), Holmes, Miss., Community College guard Daryl Macon (6-4, 180) and Arlando Cook (6-9, 215) . 

Arkansas also added Campti, La., Lakeview forward Adrio Bailey (6-8, 205).

Monk’s inclusion gives Kentucky the top class in the team rankings for 2016.

The Wildcats will add the nation’s top point guard in De’Aron Fox and the nation’s No. 2 center Edrice “Bam” Adebayo as well as top 10 player Wenyen Gabriel and four-star power forward Sacha Killeye-Jones.

"I see myself being apart of a great team, full of potential and continuting to get better under coach Cal," Monk said.

"[I'm] friends with the guys," Monk said about the players in Kentucky's 2016 recruiting class. "We connected well and can't wait to see what the season has to come."

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