"(Roy Williams) wanted to talk to my mom and Malik, get a feel for them and let them know it was an official offer," Marcus Monk said.
"It was just an initial hello and getting to know him. That's how it is with a lot of different schools. Getting to know him and getting to know my mother. She’ll be a large part of what he does. He values her opinion and also me getting to know them as well."
The 6-4 rising junior shooting guard from Bentonville (Ark.) High School cemented his status as one of the top prospects in the Class of 2016 on the game's biggest stage last week.
UNC's head coach watched Monk multiple times at the event in North Augusta, S.C., including a memorable 40-point performance that included six three-pointers.
But the Tar Heel staff had actually tried to see him play last season -- twice.
"They’ve been in contact and talked to Malik’s coach and Malik during the season," he said. "They tried to get out during the high school (season) to see him play on two occasions. One during the big snow storm when the UNC/Duke game got cancelled. Another time they tried to come out and we had a big ice storm and Malik’s game got cancelled."
Monk is ranked the No. 5 overall prospect in the class by Scout.com. He's well aware of the Tar Heel program.
"(Malik) knows the tradition," his brother said. "That’s the biggest thing. He knows the tradition and he knows the success they’ve had and the consistency as a program. As far as Coach Williams, he watches the game and he enjoys the style of play."
His other offers include Arkansas (where his brother played football and basketball), Baylor, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville and UConn, among others.
Monk will head back to the airport in a couple days, as he's competing with many of the best prospects in the nation for a spot on the USA U17 National Team at the training camp in Colorado Springs, Colo. this week. If he makes the team, he'll travel to Dubai for the FIBA U17 World Championship in August.
With such a busy schedule, the topic of campus visits is not up for discussion right now.
"(The UNC coaches) haven't talked visits, mainly because of his schedule," his brother said. "If he makes the USA team he won’t make it back until late August."
by Evan Daniels
"A big time athlete, don't let Monk get going in transition or he will get his team going with a ridiculous dunk. Monk isn't only capable of scoring in transition, as he can also get to the basket in the half court or pull up and hit a three-pointer. He's one of the most exciting players to watch in the country, regardless of class."