Malik Monk- 6-6, 195,

PG, NC ST, 23 PPG, 6.2 APG

6-3" WS, 35.9% 3-P, 8-1 SR,

18.1 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 1.9 SPG, .4 BPG

He Could Be A Celtic, Part IV.

By Tom Mahoney

They will put him on the opponent PG to press, when Fox gets tired from full court pressure all the time. "I would say you’d like him a little bit taller," an exec said. "He’s a little undersized. He may be a little on the streaky side, but I tell you what, the last minute of that (second Carolina) game, when he had to make a shot, and he throws (in) two 3-pointers, boom, boom, that showed me a lot of guts. And great shooters keep shooting. I’ve seen him enough where he puts points on the board, and he’s not afraid, and he’s got a good stroke. I have no issues with that kid. If you’re sitting there [at] six, seven or eight, and he comes to you, I think that GM is going to have a smile on his face." He is better shooting on the move. He is great at going up on the move, balancing, and knocking down the Three. 

He is a pure streak shooter, with no regards for hitting or missing. "I think he’ll be all right even though he’s 6-3," a scout said. "I think what’s going to hurt him is not necessarily his size, but he’s awful thin. He might get bumped around defensively more so than offensively." He can drive righty, and then flip a little pass to his Big, with his left, in the paint for a dunk. Anytime he passes it is a good thing. He is a terrific defender pressing the ball handler. He can cause some trouble on ball pressure. 

When he is on, there was no better shooter in the NCAA last season. "Malik Monk is special folks," Calipari said. "There’s stuff he does. You just Iso him. He can play a One or Two: head’s on the rim, fast, good with the ball, a scorer. But he can do other things. Defensively, he can be that guy. But they’re all young. They’re 19. They can’t get a beer or go to a club. If you’re going to draft him, know that. Don’t think they’re 25." He is much better man defender than given credit.

He is explosive off the floor. He can take off before he reaches the block and turn and slam it. "He’s got a unique NBA release," a scout said. "If he’s going against a taller guy, he’s still going to be able to lean back and get the shot off. Not every player can do that. I think as he becomes stronger, gets his legs stronger, he’s going to be an even better player. I think he’s got a chance to be noticeably better. He’s got the pedigree. He’s obviously played in a big-time program, with the spotlight primarily on him a lot. I thought he handled it well. At the beginning of the year I thought he’d be the best prospect on his team, and I don’t think that’s changed for most people." He scored 21 points in 10-minutes in the 2nd Half against FLA. When he gets hot he can nail the Three, and is unstoppable. 

Nice three point shooter when they are down. He pushes the ball a little on his jumper. He is a streaky shooter, who can be a menace to society when he get hot. He can snap off a pass with his left hand. He has some length to him. Nice long arms that he uses well on defense. He is a nice aggressive defender. Nice pull up jumper from three. Terrific job heading right, and then exploding off the floor with great Vert to the left and shooting in off the glass. Very tricky scorer. Great suddenness when he is attacking. He scores in bunches like no one else in this Draft. 

You can see he has a lot more offensive versatility than I remember after watching all those big three point shots. "I would be nervous if I drafted Monk in the top four," a scout said. "If you draft a guy up there, top seven, top eight, you kind of think you want to start him. And he’s that type of talent. I don’t think he can start. He’s too small. I would be really concerned if he was my starting two guard, ever. I think he’s like a Monta Ellis type guy, which is really good. Monta had a lot of years where he played well. But his team never won when he started at the two. I’d rather have him be my Jamal Crawford [scorer off the bench]. You could still get him 30 minutes." He has a lefty and a running righty hook. 

He is also a much better defender than given credit. "I think he’ll be all right even though he’s 6-3," a personnel guy said. "I think what’s going to hurt him is not necessarily his size, but he’s awful thin. He might get bumped around defensively more so than offensively. I think coaches like him because of his ability to catch and shoot it coming off of screens, his ability space the floor and knock down long NBA jumper. He’s going to find his way and coaches are going to like him because of his offensive skills." He can even step up on the PG, and cut him off with some quick feet. 

He is a much better basketball player than I remembered. "If the kid is a good person, wants to be a good player, and has the attitude, defense in this league, it’s really hard," an exec said. "It’s almost impossible to stop another guy if he’s talented enough. But if the kid has a good attitude and puts the work in, I think he’ll definitely be acceptable, and then they’ll have to give him help, like every team has someone they have to help." He is a much more versatile player than I remembered. 

Monk Vs Jackson:

When he is on, he can put the ball in the hole with all kinds of off balance shots. You're so used to seeing him knocking down Threes in a comeback that it is easy to forget that he can drive, and slash and shoot wacky one handers softly into the hoop (:19). He can bring the ball up, and will make the occasional pass to a big in the post (:31). But he can also slash past the defender, and has a lefty hook in the lane. Those are two of the most impress hookers I have seen from one stable of shots. He is not just a streak shooter. He is also a scorer. And those guys are very rare.

He did a good job creating the contact, but then drew it back to his right to prevent any hope of an and one (:44). That is what we are used to seeing. Him just being a pure shooter than rains hell down on opponents (1:01). He is a smooth and easy athlete in the open court. He can score in more ways than any else in this Draft (1:07). He is also a better passer than I remembered (1:24). I remember him as a pure ball hog, at the end of games. But he can feed the Post with a variety of entry passes.

He has more ways to score than anyone else. His Vert does worry me. Will he be able to score like that in the NBA? I'm not sure (1:47). He is a better defender than I remembered on Tape. But he does have lapses on defense and gets lost sometimes. He is such a hot and cold player, on defense as well (2:03). He has mental lapses on defense (2:55). But at least he had a nice view of Jackson's foray to the basket there.

He saw a crack but lost his balance. But watch his nice hook pass to his big. That was a great play (3:28). The quick swing for the open corner Jumper. I love how fast he gets him the ball (3:38). Jackson just beats him up in the Post, but he made him miss the first shot with a quick slap (4:02). He reached in this time to help stop Jackson from shooting (4:20). That is how I remember him. Raining down Threes in the clutch to win a game. (4:27). He missed, but drew an and three (5:01). Not his best game, but he did score five points in the final two minutes. 

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Monk's Official Bio:


2016-17: Freshman: Produced one of the most prolific seasons in program history … An NCAA Consensus Second Team All-America selection after earning second-team nods by the Associated Press, U.S. Basketball Writers Association, Sporting News and the National Association of Basketball Coaches … Jerry West Award winner, awarded to the nation’s top shooting guard by Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame … Southeastern Conference AP Player of the Year … AP Newcomer of the Year … SEC Freshman of the Year, as awarded by the league’s coaches … An All-SEC performer by both the AP and the coaches … Sporting News Freshman All-America member … USA Today and NBC Sports All-America Second Team selection … Wooden Award All-American … USBWA District IV Player of the Year … Set a UK freshman program record with 754 points scored, passing the 720 scored by Jamal Murray a season ago … The 754 points are the fourth most in single season by any Wildcat regardless of class … Averaged 19.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game … Connected on 104 made 3-pointers, the third most in a single season by any UK player and just the fourth in program history to hit more than 100 in a single year … Drained 251 made field goals, the most by a freshman in program history … Logged four 30-point scoring games, more than any other freshman in school history … Owns four of the top seven single-game scoring performances in the John Calipari era … Charted more 20-point scoring games (38) and more double-figure scoring games (36) in a single year than any other Calipari-coached player … Only freshman in school history to score 34 or more points in games at home, on the road and at a neutral site … Appeared in all 38 games and made 37 starts … Led the team in scoring in 21 games and had 18 games with three or more made 3-pointers … Six times this season he scored more than 20 points in a single half, including a Calipari-era record 30 against Florida at home … Set a Kentucky freshman record with 47 points scored against No. 7/6 North Carolina in Las Vegas … Included in that scoring output was a game-winning 3-pointer … He also hit a game-tying shot to force overtime in a 37-point effort against Georgia at home … Led the SEC in scoring during the regular season at 21.2 points per game … A four-time SEC weekly award winner (SEC Freshman of the Week on Nov. 21, Jan. 2 and Jan. 16; SEC Player of the Week on Dec. 19), including earning USBWA Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Week and Oscar Robertson Player of the Week following his 47-point outburst vs. the Tar Heels … Had two 3-pointers with less than 30 seconds to play against No. 6/8 North Carolina in the Elite Eight before UNC sunk a buzzer-beater to win the game … Poured in 21 points, including four 3-pointers in a win over No. 8/6 UCLA in the Sweet 16 … Had 20 points in the SEC Tournament semifinals vs. Alabama along with four rebounds and a pair of assists … Scored 27 points in a come-from-behind win at home against Vanderbilt … Had 33 in the home victory over Florida, with 30 points coming in the second half … Had 16 points, five assists and three steals on the road at Georgia … Just missed out on a double-double with 20 points and a career-high eight rebounds at home against Tennessee … Scored 23 points and knocked down four 3-pointers against LSU … Exploded for 37 points against Georgia at home, including hitting the game-tying shot to send the game to overtime … Had 24 points and six assists in the win over Auburn … Produced a 34-point effort with six boards and three steals at Ole Miss … It marked the most points scored on the road by a UK freshman in program history … Scored 20 or more points seven times over a nine-game stretch, including four-consecutive 20-point performances vs. UT Martin, Arizona State, No. 11/9 UCLA and Valparaiso … Breakout performance came with 23 points scored and seven 3-pointers in Madison Square Garden against No. 13/13 Michigan State.

HIGH SCHOOL: Made the All-USA Boys Basketball Second Team … Tabbed to the Naismith All-America Second Team … McDonald’s All-American Game Morgan Wooten Player of the Year finalist … Also a McDonald’s All-American and Jordan Brand Classic game participant … Shared MVP honors with fellow UK signee De’Aaron Fox at the Jordan Brand Classic after posting 22 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals … Won the McDonald’s 3-point shooting contest and finished second in the dunk contest … The 2016 Arkansas Gatorade Player of the Year in addition to earning the state’s Mr. Basketball award … An all-state player … Considered the top shooting guard in the class and a consensus five-star prospect … Ranked No. 9 overall by Rivals and ESPN ... 247Sports rated him as the No. 10 player overall and Scout tabbed him at No. 13 … Ranked No. 9 overall in the Recruiting Services Consensus Index … Averaged 28.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists as a senior … Season highlights include a single-game school scoring record with 53 points … Named to the 2015-16 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team in September … Led Bentonville to the state championship game … Suited up for the Arkansas Wings on the AAU circuit


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