Monk is starting recruiting process

Malik Monk isn't too focused on recruiting right now, but he knows who has been in contact.

Running with the Arkansas Wings this spring, Malik Monk has been one of the most impressive players in the EYBL. The class of 2016 shooting guard has torn up the circuit, and continues to make college coaches swoon over his significant potential.

"I really was just trying to showcase my talents and take advantage of how good my teammates are," said Monk of the spring. "We are just out there trying to win and have fun."

He continued, "My game has grown a lot. I have gotten a lot stronger and my defense has grown a lot. Also I have gotten better on the offensive end."

When it comes to his recruitment, Monk is taking things very slowly. Currently his older brother is handling most of the calls from coaches to allow Monk to focus on basketball, school, and getting better.

"My brother is really handling everything," Monk explained. "He will tell me a coach calls and stuff, but the focus for me is on basketball because I have two years of high school left."

Monk's older brother, Marcus, played at Arkansas, and the family lives near the Arkansas campus. Currently Monk says he has built a solid connection with the Razorback players and coaches.

"They treat me like family," said Monk of Arkansas. "They have a nice program, Ky Madden is a cousin of mine so we are close, and Bobby Portis played for the Wings so I know him well, and I like those players a lot."

When at Arkansas, Monk's brother played for Head Coach John Pelphrey who is now an assistant at Florida. The Gators have stayed in close contact with Monk during the process as well.

"My brother talks to Coach Pelphrey all the time and he just tells me that he wants me to come there and everything like that," said Monk. "I don't talk to him too much, but I know he talks to my brother a lot."

For now Monk is nowhere near a decision, but he does know what will be important to him down the road when it is time to make a commitment.

"I am looking for people that will push me, not just on the court, but off the court in the classroom, and also somewhere where I have good teammates," said Monk.

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