Five-star guard Malik Monk talks USA Basketball, Indiana

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A consensus top 10 player in the class of 2016, it’s no surprise that Bentonville (Ark.) guard Malik Monk was selected to participate in the USA Basketball developmental national team mini-camp in Colorado Springs earlier this month.

Monk, who is already attracting major recruiting attention, performed well on the first day of the camp before suffering a thumb injury that forced him to miss day two.

“The first day I kind of overextended my thumb,” he told Inside the Hall on Oct. 6 from Colorado Springs. “Before I got hurt, I was doing very well, but I’ve got to get a long stronger.”

The 6-foot-3, 170-pound guard averaged 22.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game as a freshman at East Poinsett County High, but moved to Bentonville for his sophomore season.

Monk’s older brother, Marcus, played at the University of Arkansas, which has already offered a scholarship. Baylor, Florida, Indiana, Memphis and Kansas have also offered.

“They’re very interesting,” Monk said of Indiana. “I like the program and they wanted me to come to Hoosier Hysteria, but I was up here.”

The No. 8 prospect in the 247Composite, Monk said he evaluates a variety of factors when looking at the schools who are recruiting him. When asked if the Hoosiers having two of the top four picks in the latest NBA Draft stood out, he confirmed that it’s a factor he’ll look closely at.

“I look at that (the NBA) and the coaching staff and the teammates,” he said. “That’s most of what I’m looking at.”

As he prepares for his first season at a new school, Monk is coming off a freshman season that was decorated with success. He was a freshman All-America honorable mention by MaxPreps.com and named to the 2013 Arkansas Class 2A all-state team and the 2A-3 all-district team.

Still, he believes there’s plenty of work to do as his career begins a new chapter at Bentonville.

“I’m working on staying low on defense and moving my feet,” Monk said. “And I’ve got to get stronger.”

(Photo credit: Steven Maikoski/USA Basketball)

  • AZIU71

    Did you see this video? This kid could start on most D1 programs right now. Certainly seems like a one and done, candy stripes for that 1 year would be something. All the heavyweights will be after this kid.

  • Tom McGuire

    Damn! Imagine in 3 years what he could do.

  • SCHoosier

    To keep on the radar of prospects like this..IU is going to have to show some stuff in the next two post seasons…and develop the relationship big time.

  • Michael R

    I was in Dallas, TX earlier this year and talked with Ganon Baker about basketball and players on the rise. He mentioned Monk as a player to look out for. I was not aware that IU was pursuing Monk at that time, but Ganon Baker’s praise of this kid speaks volumes as Ganon trains top NBA professionals in the offseason (Amare Stoudemire, Chris Paul, Lebron James, Deron Williams, Grant Hill, Vince Carter). He spoke highly of Coach Crean and what kind of program Crean is building at IU. He even mentioned he tried to work out Vic Oladipo before this years NBA Draft, but Vic declined. I would love to get Monk in the Candy Stripes!

  • Miamihoosier

    We’ve had 1 top 5 recruit in the last decade. I think it’s important we start getting in there with some of these guys. They can’t all go to UK and Duke. That being said, I’d still rather have a Zeller or Vonleh type player for 2 seasons than a Michael Beasely or Eric Gordon for one.

  • http://www.babytown.com/ OceanArcher

    wow this kid’s a beast. he could start for iu now at his age

  • HoosierTrav

    If the Whole Kelvin Sampson fiasco wouldn’t have went down, I think that Hoosier team could have won the tournament with Eric Gordon. Try and remember how well they were playing when the news broke. I agree that it would be ideal to snag 1 yr guys and get 2 out of them but there are no guarantees that even Vonleh is a 2 year guy.

  • eglinden

    Lovin’ the teardrop!!!!!!!!

  • Dagwoods

    These were freshman highlights?!!!

  • A TRAIN

    ive seen enough sign him up..cant teach athletiscm like that wow!

  • jmac

    OMG!

  • jaywiz

    If Arkansas doesn’t get him Mike Anderson will also be out of a job considering Bentonville is in his front yard. Can’t go 0-2 (Goodwin) with 5 star in state recruits, lose every away game and expect to keep your job – even though their fight song is a football song. woopig.
    I think he will end up at UK if not UofA. Would love to see him at IU though

  • ScoopGeoff

    Yep… Never seen a freshman do that.

  • TJ21

    WOW, huge potential, pretty good now. When we get a player of this level, we will have made it back to the top again, its gonna happen, just need to keep making runs at these guys, the more we try to get the more we will get, as someone else said, they all can’t go to 2-3 schools.

  • The_Real_Assembly_Hall

    That is what Calipari says about his recruiting targets. Actually he adds on “Wow what a relief!!” to the beginning of your statement.

  • Joe D

    This nice young man needs to go to IU…let him talk with me.

  • Tully

    HIs brother was Mr. Basketball in Arkansas but ended up being an All SEC receiver on the Razorback football team.

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