Monk talks process

Five-star shooting guard Malik Monk talks about his game and his recruitment.

Five-star scoring guard Malik Monk is one of the elite players in the 2016 class, and someone who has garnered a ton of recruiting attention. Now Monk is finishing out his AAU career, and is beginning to take a look at his recruitment more seriously.

With big time athleticism, prototype size, and an improving skill game, Monk feels he has performed well this summer.

“The summer has been going good,” said Monk. “We didn’t do as well as I would have liked during Peach Jam, but other than that I think the summer has gone well.”

He continued, “I am working to do better at getting to the foul line and also being a lockdown defender.”

Recruiting wise, Monk said the next step is to trim his list down, “The next step is to cut my list down to five in August. After all of summer basketball is over I will do that.”

He continued, “My family and I are really just looking for a good coaching staff who will push me on and off the court, good teammates, who is staying and who is leaving, and a school that gets up and down the court.”

One school that has been there from the beginning is Arkansas. Monk’s brother attended Arkansas where he played basketball and football, and he lives close to the campus. Also Monk is building a solid relationship with the coaching staff.

“I have a good comfort zone with Arkansas,” said Monk. “They tell me they want me to be the face of their program, and we talk about once a week so things are good with them.”

Another school that has been involved for a while is Kentucky.

About the Wildcats, Monk said, “Coach (John) Calipari is telling me that he wants to coach me, and that is good. Obviously they win a lot and have a lot of NBA draft picks, so it is good with Kentucky.”

Also the Oregon Ducks have been making a strong push with Monk.

“I like Oregon and how they play,” said Monk. “The coaches have been telling me I can play a lot from day one and that they give their guards a chance to make plays.”

For now Monk is focused on basketball, but he should begin to take a much closer look at every school on his list when the time comes following the July AAU season.

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