One of the more interesting college decisions in the 2016 class was from Malik Monk. It was a heated recruitment that came down to Arkansas and Kentucky. In the end Monk picked Kentucky, and now he is a McDonald’s All-American.
There really was never any doubt that Monk would end up in the McDonald’s game. Having shown great potential from the moment he entered high school, there were high expectations for Monk. Still the honor wasn’t lost upon him.
“It is a great experience,” said Monk. “To be the one Arkansas player picked to be a McDonald’s All-American is a great honor. A lot of people want to be here but don’t get the opportunity, so I am just blessed to be here.”
With the decision to Kentucky made, it provided a good growing experience for Monk as a senior.
“My senior year was crazy,” said Monk. “I didn’t have a lot of hate or anything because I committed to Kentucky, but there was a lot of boos and things like that. I think it got me ready for Kentucky though.”
Monk’s commitment to Kentucky was one of the final pieces to an absolutely loaded recruiting class, and that has Monk excited for the future.
“It is an honor to be in one of the best classes,” said Monk. “I am just blessed to be coming to college with a great group of guys.”
Even though Kentucky is likely to be ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 in the pre-season polls, Monk says he feels no pressure. Instead he says there are rightful expectations placed upon him and his classmates.
“There isn’t any pressure, but there are expectations,” said Monk. “We are just going to try and reach our dreams and play basketball and learn from Coach Cal so there is no pressure.”
While NBA Draft decisions haven’t been finalized, Monk does know where he thinks he will fit in next season in Lexington.
“I think I will fit in like Jamal Murray did this year,” said Monk. “Fox likes to distribute the ball, and I can play and off the ball just like Fox can. I think we will play almost the same role.”