WEIGHT: 200 POUNDS
POSITION: SHOOTING GUARD/POINT GUARD
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: TOP 7-10 PICK IN FIRST ROUND
PLAYER SUMMARY: Malik Monk was part of Kentucky’s top rated recruiting class for 2016. The former 5-star recruit was expected to come in as a freshmen and do what he does best, which is score. He has done exactly that and more. The Arkansas native has been simply outstanding and is in the running for National Player of the Year.
Monk put himself into the national spotlight when he scored 47 points against North Carolina in December. He showed off his beautiful shooting stroke, attacked the lane, and played good defense. He is an explosive athlete as he sports a 39-inch vertical jump. There were questions about converting him into a PG. However, after watching him he looks to be just a SG.
While we are hesitant to be so high on 6’3″ shooting guards, Monk is rare. His athleticism is elite. What makes Monk so highly regarded among NBA scouts is his offensive ability. His skill-set on the offensive end might be the best that we have seen out of a SG in the past few seasons. He isn’t just a spot up shooter. He uses crossovers, floaters in the lane, and changes speeds while dribbling better than anyone in college basketball for the 2016-17 season.
As the North Carolina game showed, he has supreme confidence in his abilities and is clutch in key moments of the game. We are so enamored with his shooting that the rest of his game gets overlooked. He is a solid passer and a good ball-handler. While only a freshmen, he carries himself like a much older player. His offensive game might be the best in college basketball.
Monk is going to need to add weight and strength once he gets to the NBA. We believe he needs to gain around 15-20 pounds in order to handle the rigors of an NBA season. He will need to improve his decision-making ability as well. At Kentucky, he is surrounded by elite talent who get him the ball where he can score. We would like to see him be able to make plays for others and he will need to be able to do this at the next level.
Malik Monk is simply an outstanding college basketball player. He has been the best freshmen in the country and looks to be getting better. Kentucky head coach John Calipari does the best job in college basketball getting his players ready for the NBA. Calipari knows how to make players work on their deficiencies, which in time becomes a strength of a player. We are sure he will do the same for Monk as the season continues into conference play and then the NCAA tournament.
While Monk is undersized for an NBA SG, as we previously mentioned, it doesn’t concern us as much as it would other players. He will get by in the NBA because of his elite athletic ability and his scoring prowess. NBA scouts and personnel are watching him very closely. In our opinion, it will take an NBA team picking in the top 10 of the 2017 NBA Draft to add Monk to their roster.
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