Monk Talks New Offers

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Malik Monk is focused on making the USA Basketball team, and is coming in motivated after a huge Peach Jam and a couple new big scholarship offers.

Maybe the signature performance of the Nike Peach Jam came from Monk. The class of 2016 standout from Bentonville, Ark. put up 40 points in one game, and now he is at the USA Basketball U-17 tryouts.

Representing the USA is something that Monk has made a goal, and now he is ready to realize it.

“It is really good to be here to support your country and play basketball,” said Monk. “I just have to bring it every day and show that the USA isn’t lacking and do my best.

"The competition here is great, it’s the top players from all the sponsors. It’s good competition that pushes me to the next level."

The 6-foot-4 Monk is coming to USA Basketball with a lot of momentum after his performance at the Peach Jam. Despite that big game, Monk says he doesn’t look back on it.

“I really can’t remember too much,” said Monk. “My teammates set me up well and I knocked down shots. It was fun, but I can’t really remember it too much.”

Recruiting wise Monk has had scholarship offers from programs like Arkansas, Florida, Louisville, and LSU for a while. Recently he added North Carolina and Kentucky to his offer list.

About the offer from North Carolina, Monk said, "Roy called me the day after (Peach Jam). He told me to keep working hard, really not to think about it too much now, keep enjoying basketball, and that he wanted to offer me.

"He said he wanted to watch me going forward and will be here on Friday.

"He is one of the greatest coaches, ever. So it was good for him calling me to tell me to keep working and pushing through."

Kentucky was also a big offer for Monk, and he says it keeps him motivated to get better.

“Every offer is big for me, but it was good to know that Coach (John) Calipari wants me,” explained Monk. “He is one of the great coaches and he is talking to me and telling me to keep working. He is pushing me to be a better player.”

Currently Monk is focused on being a kid, enjoying basketball, and making the USA team, and says there is no definitive plan to narrow his list or make any kind of decision regarding his collegiate future.

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