RECRUITING: One of the nations' best to visit OU

Arkansas swingman Marcus Monk lists his favorites and talks about his interest in the Sooners. Monk will visit Norman next weekend.


Monk has become a hot commodity among college basketball coaches lately with his AA performances. A 6-foot-6 wing with ball handling skills that can shoot the jumper or drive off the dribble is always something that college coaches wish to have.

Monk has been a starter in hoops since his freshman year and he averaged 25 points, 15 boards, five assists and five steals per game this past season. What is very interesting about Monk is that he is also an outstanding football player, starting since his freshman year at wide receiver. This past season Monk caught 52 passes for 1,100 yards and 17 touchdowns.

"I am definitely a basketball guy, but I happen to be pretty good in football," said Monk. "I want to play college basketball and I will be through with football once my senior year is over."

Monk has been invited to the ABCD Adidas camp and the high school NBA camp and he will participate in both. Monk has been offered by 10 schools, including OU and Arkansas, and he is still pretty wide open at this time.

"Some of the schools want me to play football, but I don't want to take that route," said Monk. "I have talked to Coach (Kelvin) Sampson a bunch and I really like him and his program. I am going to visit OU next weekend and I will find out more about their program then.

"I do like their style of play and everything," Monk said about the Sooners. "I have talked with Arkansas a couple of times, but I haven't taken any visits yet so I don't know a lot about them either. I will also probably visit Boston College, Florida, Stanford and Kansas. Boston College has offered me."

Monk says he is still wide open about recruiting, but that OU and Arkansas are certainly going to be at the top of his list alolng with Kansas.

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