Malik monk nba draft
About Malik Monk
Rare is the player blessed with the combination of shooting touch and leaping ability, which makes Monk special. He was built to score, and he can do so in a variety of ways. Monk tossed in 104 3-pointers in his only season at Kentucky, but he could also finish at the rim with explosiveness and authority. And Monk is far from being a single-minded gunner. He handed out 87 assists as a freshman, third on the team, and was also second in steals and fourth in blocked shots. “What I love about Malik,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said, “is that, as the season went on, he learned how to help our team win by doing more than just score. He became an efficient player who I believe will make an immediate impact at the next level.”
- Game-breaking shooter
- Courageous; always willing to seek and take clutch shots
- Solid passer
- Good free-throw shooter
- Leaper who can score in traffic or in transition
- Needs to get bigger and stronger
- Undersized for an NBA two guard
- Can he defend NBA-level shooting guards?
NBA projection: Monk is a certain lottery pick.
Monk racked up a career’s worth of honors in his only collegiate season. He was a consensus second-team All-America pick, was voted the SEC player and newcomer of the year by the Associated Press, and was chosen by the league’s coaches to the All-SEC first team and the All-SEC freshman team. Monk led the Wildcats in scoring and racked up 18 games of 20 or more points, including a program freshman record 47 points against North Carolina. Monk is the only UK freshman to record four 30-point games. He finished as the No. 2 freshman scorer in the country, behind only Markelle Fultz of Washington (23.2 ppg).
Key statistics: 19.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.3 apg, 2.0 tpg, 0.9 spg, 32.1 mpg, .450 FG, .397 3PT, .822 FT
Career Highlights: Winner of the 2017 Jerry West Award, honoring the nation’s top shooting guard. Collected NCAA Consensus All-America Second Team accolades. The SEC Player of the Year pick by the media. Ranked second among all freshman nationally in scoring (19.8 ppg). UK’s all-time leading freshman scorer with 754 points, fourth-best in a season at UK, regardless of class. Recorded a Kentucky freshman record 47 points vs. North Carolina in December, the fifth highest mark in NCAA D-I in 2016-17.
Cool statistic: Jamal Murray’s Kentucky freshman scoring record didn’t last too long. Murray finished with 720 points in 2016, but Monk shattered the mark with 754 points in 2017. That placed him fourth on Kentucky’s all-time single-season scoring list, behind Dan Issel (948, 1970), Jodie Meeks (854, 2009) and Jamal Mashburn (767, 1992).
Reminds me of: Eric Gordon
What Insiders Say
Kentucky coach John Calipari
“With Malik you’re talking about a superior athlete with skills and an ability to score that make him truly unique.”
What Outsiders Say
Tennessee coach Rick Barnes
“[Monk] is the kind of player that you can guard him really well and he can still make shots. The key with that is you can’t let him affect you mentally. He is a good enough player that he can make the tough shots.”
Chris Dortch is the editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. You can email him here, follow him on Twitter and listen to the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Hour.
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