Las Vegas: Malik Monk goes for 34, wins The 8

LAS VEGAS -- Malik Monk, a top 10 prospect in the 2016 class, went off for 34 points in the Las Vegas Classic: The 8 title game.

It's been well documented here at Scout that we think the top tier players in the 2016 class are as good as any group in recent memory.

Malik Monk is certainly in that top tier of prospects and he made that quite clear on Saturday in the championship of The 8 when he scored 34 points in a win over Mac Irvin Fire.

Monk is a gifted athlete that excels in transition because of tremendous leaping ability. He’s also very good once he gets to the rim at adjusting his shots and completing tough plays around the basket.

Where Monk has made the biggest advancement over the past year is the consistency in his jump shot. Monk has very good form and shot mechanics and he’s comfortable shooting the ball with range. On Saturday, he showed off that range, as well as his ability to go off the bounce and pull-up for mid-range jumpers.

He also impressed with his vision and passing. On a very talented team and with the addition of Jayson Tatum for the week, Monk hasn’t been as relied on to score as much so it’s been easier to see his playmaking ability.

Defensively Monk has a ton of upside and is tracking as a potential lockdown defender at the next level. He moves his feet well laterally, is equipped with a long set of arms and has good instincts on that end.

On the recruiting front, Monk recently said he’s looking to narrow down his list of schools soon. A source close to the situation said the schools currently recruiting him are Arkansas, Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, Oregon, Florida State and Oklahoma State.

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