The award recognizes the male and female players of the year based on outstanding character, leadership and the values he or she embraces while being a well-rounded student-athlete in the classroom and the community. It will be presented on March 9.
Adebayo will join Kentucky out of High Point Christian Academy in North Carolina, where he has averaged 22.0 points, 15.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game during his senior season. A 2,000-point career scorer for HPCA, the 6-foot-9 center/forward is ranked No. 15 in the Class of 2016 by Scout.
Monk, rated No. 6 by Scout, is considered the top shooting guard in the class. At 6-foot-4, 185 pounds, he averaged 30.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game as a senior, including a school-record 53-point effort for Bentonville (Ark.) High School.
Adebayo and Monk will join fellow Kentucky signees De’Aaron Fox and Sacha Killeya-Jones in the McDonald’s All-America Game on March 30 at the United Center in Chicago.