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Malik Ahmad Monk (born February 4, 1998) is an American professional basketball player for the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played one season of college basketball for the Kentucky Wildcats.

Malik Monk
Malik Monk, Charlotte Hornets vs Washington Wizards 2018 (cropped).jpg
Monk in 2018
No. 1 – Charlotte Hornets
PositionShooting guard
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1998-02-04) February 4, 1998 (age 21)
Jonesboro, Arkansas
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school
CollegeKentucky (2016–2017)
NBA draft2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11th overall
Selected by the Charlotte Hornets
Playing career2017–present
Career history
2017–presentCharlotte Hornets
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

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High school careerEdit

Monk first attended East Poinsett County High School in Lepanto, Arkansas during his Freshman year. As a freshman, he averaged 22.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.7 assist per game while leading them to a (25-8) overall record and an appearance in the Class 2A state championship game. After his freshman season, Monk transferred to Bentonville High School in Bentonville, Arkansas.[1] In his junior year, he averaged 26.6 points per game. In the spring and summer of 2015, Monk competed for the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) team, Arkansas Wings Elite, on the Nike Elite Youth Basketball Circuit (EYBL) where he averaged 19.7 points per game.[2] He then competed on the 2015 Nike Global Challenge for the East team, where he averaged 22 points, 12 rebounds, and four assist in addition to earning Tournament MVP honors.[3] On November 18, 2015 Monk committed to Kentucky, choosing UK over Arkansas.[4][5] As a senior, he averaged 28.6 points per game, 4.4 assist per game and 7.6 rebounds per game. In 2016, Monk played in the 2016 McDonald's All-American Game and Jordan Brand Classic where he earned Co-MVP honors alongside Kentucky teammate De'Aaron Fox.[6][7]

On March 11, 2016, Monk played his final high school game, scoring 19 points in a 59-49 loss in the 7A state championship to Cabot High School.

Monk was a consensus five-star prospect and ranked as one of the best players in the 2016 class by the four main recruiting services Rivals, ESPN, Scout, and 247 Sports.[8] Monk was ranked as the No.9 overall player and No.1 shooting guard in the 2016 high school class.[9]

RecruitingEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Malik Monk
SG
Lepanto, Arkansas Bentonville 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Nov 18, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 13   Rivals: 9  ESPN: 9
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Kentucky 2016 Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  • "2016 Kentucky Basketball Commits". Scout.com. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  • "ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  • "Scout.com Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  • "2016 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved August 20, 2015.

College careerEdit

 
Monk in Kentucky's 2016 Blue-White scrimmage

On November 18, 2015, Monk tweeted that he would be attending the University of Kentucky. [10]

On December 17, 2016, Monk set a University of Kentucky freshman scoring record with 47 points in a win over the University of North Carolina.[11] Twelve days later, he scored 34 points on 5 for 7 three point shooting in a 99–76 win over Ole Miss.[12] On January 31, 2017 he scored 37 points against Georgia Bulldogs.[13]

At the conclusion of his freshman season, Monk announced that he would forgo his final three years of collegiate eligibility and enter the 2017 NBA draft where he was projected as a first round selection.[14]

Professional careerEdit

Charlotte Hornets (2017–present)Edit

On June 22, 2017, Monk was selected with the eleventh overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft by the Charlotte Hornets.[15] On July 2, 2017, Monk signed his rookie scale contract with the Hornets.[16] Monk would miss the entire 2017 NBA Summer League due to an ankle injury. In his fourth game on October 25, 2017, Monk recorded 17 points, 2 steals, and 2 assist in a 110-93 victory against the Denver Nuggets. On November 1, 2017, Monk scored 25 points in a 126-121 victory against the Milwaukee Bucks.

During his rookie season, Monk was assigned to the Hornets’ NBA G League affiliate, the Greensboro Swarm for one game. He scored 25 points, collected 8 rebounds and recorded 4 assists in a December 26, 2017 game.[17]

Career statisticsEdit

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBAEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017–18 Charlotte 63 0 13.6 .360 .342 .842 1.0 1.4 .3 .1 6.7
2018–19 Charlotte 73 0 17.2 .387 .330 .882 1.9 1.6 .5 .3 8.9
Career 136 0 15.5 .376 .335 .871 1.5 1.5 .4 .2 7.9

NBA G LeagueEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2017–18 Greensboro 1 1 41.1 .333 .333 8.0 4.0 1.0 .0 25.0
Career 1 1 41.1 .333 .333 8.0 4.0 1.0 .0 25.0

CollegeEdit

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2016–17 Kentucky 38 37 32.1 .450 .397 .822 2.5 2.3 .9 .5 19.8

Personal lifeEdit

Monk was born to Jackie Monk and Michael Scales and is the younger brother of former Arkansas All-SEC wide receiver Marcus Monk.[18] When not playing basketball, Monk's favorite activities include fishing and riding four wheelers.[19]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Razorback recruiting target Malik Monk moving to Bentonville". www.fayettevilleflyer.com. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  2. ^ "Nike EYBL Peach Jam: Malik Monk knows he's No.1, whether you believe it or not". www.usatodayhss.com. Retrieved July 14, 2019.
  3. ^ "Malik Monk wins MVP award at Nike Global Challenge". www.usatodayhss.com. Retrieved July 13, 2019.
  4. ^ "Malik Monk spurns home-state team Arkansas, Commits to Kentucky". www.si.com. Retrieved July 14, 2019.
  5. ^ "No.5 recruit Malik Monk commits to Kentucky". www.espn.com. Retrieved July 14, 2019.
  6. ^ "Future Kentucky guards De'Aaron Fox, Malik Monk share MVP at Jordan Brand Classic". www.usatodayhss.com. Retrieved July 14, 2019.
  7. ^ "McDonald's All-American roster feature four Kentucky Wildcats". www.espn.com. Retrieved July 14, 2019.
  8. ^ "Kentucky Men's Basketball Signs Six in Fall Signing Period". University of Kentucky. November 19, 2015. Archived from the original on March 28, 2017. Retrieved November 19, 2015. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  9. ^ "Malik Monk – Basketball Recruiting – Player Profiles". www.espn.com. Retrieved July 14, 2019.
  10. ^ Borzello, Jeff (November 18, 2015). "No. 5 recruit Malik Monk commits to Kentucky". ESPN. Retrieved June 29, 2016.
  11. ^ https://sports.yahoo.com/news/malik-monk-caps-record-setting-night-with-game-winning-3-pointer-005908272.html
  12. ^ "Kentucky beats Ole Miss on Monk's 34 points". ESPN.com. December 28, 2016. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
  13. ^ http://www.espn.com/ncb/boxscore?gameId=400910673
  14. ^ Jeff Borzello (April 4, 2017). "Malik Monk declares for NBA draft". espn.com. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
  15. ^ "Malik Monk slips to Hornets at No.11 Overall in 2017 NBA Draft". www.bleacherreport.com. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
  16. ^ "Charlotte Hornets sign Malik Monk". www.nba.com. Retrieved July 2, 2017.
  17. ^ "Hornets Recall Malik Monk From Greensboro Swarm". NBA.com. December 27, 2017. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  18. ^ Shupe, Andy (November 20, 2015). "Does Marcus Monk owe Arkansas anything?". WholeHogSports. Retrieved June 29, 2016.
  19. ^ "Malik Monk Kentucky bio". www.ukathletics.com. Retrieved July 14, 2019.

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