Phog Profile: Marcus Monk

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Marcus Monk
6'5 SF
East Poinsett County (Lepanto, AR)
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(03.05.03) While some red tape still needs to be cut before it's official, Arkansas coach Stan Heath sent word of a scholarship offer through East Poinsett County guard Marcus Monk's coach Monday night. "(Heath) said, 'You can tell Marcus that I'm going to offer him,'" said EPC first-year coach Kevin Kyzer. "'But I'm going to tell him when I see him face to face. That's when I want to officially tell him, but you can go ahead and tell him that I'm going to offer him.'" That conversation came shortly after Heath watched Monk power EPC (27-3) to a 68-38 victory against Mountain View in the Class AAA Region 2 semifinals. The 6-foot-6, 195-pound junior had 18 points by the half and finished with 24 points, 14 rebounds, eight steals and four assists despite sitting on the bench the final 10 minutes.

(03.04.03) EPC standout Marcus Monk electrified Greyhound Fieldhouse with a high-flying act of alley-oop dunks and breakaway slams. Monk finished the night with 24 points in just three quarters of play to lead all scorers. - Jonesboro Sun

(02.26.03) Today's basketball environment makes it very difficult to discover a true sleeper. But when you do find one, he frequently has emerged from a locale just a little bit off of the beaten path. We're referring to Marcus Monk, a 6-6 junior WF at Lepanto (AR) East Poinsett County. Of the 2,331 people in Lepanto, Monk has turned into the town's most celebrated citizen. The presence of big-time college coaches at his games has added to his local mystique.
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(02.23.03) Long's shot lifts Osceola to district title

(02.01.03) Monk is averaging 25.3 points, 15.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 4.6 steals per game. He received a 24 on the ACT and has 3.96 GPA.

(02.15.03) Marcus Monk made his presence felt in every aspect of the game as East Poinsett County rolled to a 77-65 win over Riverside in senior boys' hoops Friday night. Monk had 36 points, 14 rebounds, seven blocks, five assists and two steals to lead the Warriors
- Jonesboro Sun

(02.08.03) Monk had 31 points, 15 rebounds and five steals in a 77-58 victory over Trumann.

(01.30.03) College coaches across the country are already coming to Lepanto to see Marcus Monk. The 6-foot-6 junior swingman has already drawn interest from the Pac-10 to the Southeastern Conference. However, the East Poinsett County Warriors are showing people closer to home they are more than just a one-man show.

Wilson agreed the Warriors are very balanced offensively, but also said it all goes back to Monk. "He just makes everybody else so much better," Wilson said. "He's an outstanding talent and seems to be just a great all-around kid, a good student, a good leader, a good example. "He's the type of kid that doesn't care if he scores," Wilson added. "He can do so many other things to help his team win other than just score."

Coach stirring right mix at EPC

(01.22.03) Marcus Monk scored 23 points in a 63-47 win.

(01.18.03) EPC, facing pressure from the Seminoles most of the game, also played the fourth quarter without 6-6 junior Marcus Monk as he fouled out of the game with 7:25 left to play.
EPC tops Osceola again

(01.15.03) Monk finished with a game-high 32 points to go along with 12 rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocks to lead the Warriors to the win. "Marcus brings it every game and every day in practice," EPC coach Kevin Kyzer said. "He hits the practice floor every day working on getting better. That's why he improves so much from year to year."
- Jonesboro Sun

(01.12.03) The 6-foot-6 Monk also grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds, dished out eight assists and blocked three shots to go with his 18 points, but he also got plenty of help from his friends.
- Jonesboro Sun

(01.10.03) Gathen said Monk, who is already drawing attention from major college recruiters across the country, will also get plenty of attention Saturday from the Seminoles. "We want to get the ball out of Monk's hands and make someone else be the hero," Gathen said. "If he has the ball, he's going to see five people coming at him"
- Jonesboro Sun

(01.04.03) "Marcus has set up two official visits so far," said East Poinsett first year coach Kevin Kyzer. "He was offered a scholarship (verbally) from Mississippi State and is planning to visit there for the LSU game (Jan.25) and then he's going to Boston College in March." He also went on a recruiting visit to Memphis for the Ole Miss game (Dec. 19), but it was an unofficial."
- Northwest Arkansas Online

(01.04.03) Playing their third game in as many nights, the Class AAA Warriors fought off fatigue in the title game to upend Class AAAA Batesville 54-48 last Saturday. Monk contributed a game-high 22 points and was instrumental defensively as Batesvill ewas limited to 38 percent shooting from the field. Monk overcame a sluggish start in the semifinals to help EPC erase a 13-point deficit enroute to a 58-56 victory against Class AAAAA Jonesboro. He scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half - including a rebound and stickback at the buzzer - to complete the comeback.

"We were down nine heading into the fourth quarter," Kyzersaid. "But Marcus really turned it on to rally us back into it and ended up hitting the game-winner." On hand for Monk's late-game heroics was Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury, who apparently saw all he needed to join Arkansas-Little Rock, Arkansas State, Boston College, Ole Miss, Stanford and UAB on the growing list of Division-I schools to verbally extend a scholarship offer. "Marcus has really been on a roll," Kyzer said. "He's starting to get his legs underneath him, which has made him a lot smoother on the perimeter. Marcus seems to be a little fresher each time out and he's getting closer to where he needs to be as far as conditioning concerns." Besides Mississippi State, coaches from Arkansas, Boston College, Florida, Kansas, OleMiss and Stanford are among the notables to see Monk in action during the past month.
- Northwest Arkansas Online

(01.04.03) EPC standout Marcus Monk stole a pass at the top of the key and cruised in for a layup. Monk stole a pass in the same spot on the very next possession and converted the open layup to push the EPC lead to 15-7. Later in the second period, after EPC's Daniel Collins and Valley View's Craig Duncan exchanged 3-pointers, Monk came away with another steal which led to another ‘3' by Collins.
- Jonesboro Sun

(12.31.02) Turrell's Shalamar Williams and East Poinsett County's Marcus Monk have been named The Jonesboro Sun/Crown Trophy athletes of the week for the week of Dec. 22-28. Both Williams and Monk led their respective teams to NEA tournament titles. Monk, a 6-6 junior, scored a game-high 22 points in the Warriors' 54-48 win over Class AAAA Batesville to claim the AAA-AAAA-AAAAA division title Saturday. In addition, Monk scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half, including a tip-in at the buzzer, to lift EPC to a 58-56 win over Class AAAAA Jonesboro. He also poured in a game-high 33 points in EPC's quarterfinal win over Nettleton.
- Jonesboro Sun

(12.28.02) Despite battling dehydration, Monk took over in the fourth quarter.
Late basket boosts EPC by Jonesboro

(12.28.02) "We just knew we had to concentrate on playing hard because we were playing three games in a row and we knew we had to give it everything we had," Monk said.
EPC trips Batesville to capture NEA title

(12.27.02) JHS ousts Valley View

(12.22.02) Junior forward Marcus Monk led EPC with 22 points while junior post Dan Collins followed with 11 and sophomore Spencer Harston had seven. Monk scored EPC's first 11 points of the game, adding 11 more in the second and third quarters before sitting out the final eight minutes. - Jonesboro Sun

(12.19.02) EPC, BIC top NEA boys' seeds

(12.15.02) Entering the finals of the Tri-County basketball tournament Saturday, the 16-0 Buffalo Island Central Mustangs faced one of their stiffest challenges of the season in the bigger, taller East Poinsett County Warriors led by 6-7 junior Marcus Monk. Yet in the end, the Warriors would be the ones left facing a tough challenge. However with Monk on the bench, the rest of the Warriors rose to the occasion to knock the Mustangs from the ranks of the unbeaten.
EPC slips past BIC for Tri-County championship

(12.08.02) EPC looked to run at every opportunity and got up on Trezevant and never let up on the throttle. Marcus Monk scored 31 points, including 21 in the second half, and P.J. Lacy helped break the Trezevant press to lead the Warriors.
Jonesboro Sun

(12.07.02) Hoops Roundup (Scroll to middle)

(12.05.02) Hoops Roundup (Scroll to middle)

(12.04.02) East Poinsett County and junior standout Marcus Monk come in with a new style. First-year coach Kevin Kyzer plans to open up his team this week and let the Warriors run, scrapping an early half-court plan.
-Jonesboro Sun

(09.19.02) At 6-foot-6, 195 pounds, Monk is an excellent target for his quarterback and is on pace to finish with 1,500 yards receiving. He has 4.5 second speed in the 40-yard dash and is catching letters from Arkansas and Ole Miss for football." I don't want to play football in college, though," Monk said. "I'll probably just stick with basketball." Thanks to a solid summer playing on the AAU circuit with the Arkansas Hawks' 16-under squad, Monk's made a name for himself as the top 2004 hoops prospect in the state.
- Morning News (PDF file)

(09.19.02) "Ole Miss and Vanderbilt stopped by last week," Monk said. "And Mississippi State and Stanford are supposed to be coming by this week to talk to my counselors and stuff like that." The whole process is getting more confusing with each new coach that shows up. "Basically, I go into the gym and shoot and do some drills and all that," Monk said."Then, because I can't talk to them anyway, I have to hustle out of there and get to football practice."

The early attention has Monk thinking ahead."I think I may set up a visit to Stanford in January," Monk said. "It's kind of far away though, but as much interest as they've showed me makes me kind of want to return the favor." Arkansas coaches still have until Oct. 5 to work in an evaluation, but regardless of whether they make it, Monk's interest in the Razorbacks is apparent by his trip to Little Rock for Saturday's game."That was a pretty good atmosphere down there," Monk said. "Something like the fifth-largest crowd or something like that. They beat them really bad though, so we left after the third quarter."
- Morning News (PDF file)

Football season mentions (2002 All State selection)

  • Redskins run past Warriors
  • Area foes matched in Class AAA playoffs
  • Football round up
  • EPC runs past Trumann
  • Big second half fuels EPC by Westside
  • Football round up
  • Gosnell puts away EPC in overtime
  • Football round up

    (07.17.02) Ole Miss reportedly offered scholarships to two more in state juniors this weekend, including East Poinsett County guard/forward Marcus Monk(6-5) and Altheimer point guard Brandon Patterson (6-1).That now makes three juniors inside Arkansas borders the Rebels have offered scholarships, including Monk, Patterson and Little Rock Parkview forward Marc Winston (6-7). - Morning News (PDF file)

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