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Malik 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 at the University of Kentucky.

Malik Monk
20160330 MCDAAG Malik Monk in the backcourt.jpg
No. 1 – Charlotte Hornets
Position Shooting guard
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1998-02-04) February 4, 1998 (age 19)
Jonesboro, Arkansas
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Listed weight 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school
College Kentucky (2016–2017)
NBA draft 2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 11th overall
Selected by the Charlotte Hornets
Playing career 2017–present
Career history
2017–present Charlotte Hornets
Career highlights and awards


High school careerEdit

Monk committed to the University of Kentucky on November 18, 2015.[1] 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. 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, Wings elite on the Nike EYBL Circuit. He averaged 19.7 points per game in 12 games on the EYBL Circuit. 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. 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. Monk played AAU basketball for Wings Elite. He also participated in the NBPA Top 100 camp.

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, being ranked #9 overall player in the Class of 2016 by the four main recruiting services Rivals, ESPN, Scout, and 247 Sports.[2]


US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Malik Monk
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.


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. [3]

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.[4] Twelve days later, he scored 34 points on 5 for 7 three point shooting in a 99–76 win over Ole Miss.[5] On January 31, 2017 he scored 37 points against Georgia Bulldogs.[6]

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.[7]

College statisticsEdit

2016–17 Kentucky 38 37 32.1 .450 .397 .822 2.5 2.2 .9 .5 19.8

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. On July 2, 2017, Monk signed his rookie scale contact with the Hornets. 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 October 30, 2017, he had 13 points, 3 assist, and 4 rebounds in a 104--99 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. On November 1, 2017, Monk scored 25 points, and 2 rebounds in a 126--121 victory against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Personal lifeEdit

Malik is the younger brother of former Arkansas All-SEC wide receiver Marcus Monk.[8]


  1. ^ "No. 5 recruit Malik Monk commits to Kentucky". 2015-11-18. Retrieved 2015-11-18. 
  2. ^ "Kentucky Men's Basketball Signs Six in Fall Signing Period". University of Kentucky. 2014-11-19. Retrieved 2015-11-19. 
  3. ^ Borzello, Jeff (November 18, 2015). "No. 5 recruit Malik Monk commits to Kentucky". ESPN. Retrieved June 29, 2016. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Kentucky beats Ole Miss on Monk's 34 points". 28 December 2016. Retrieved 29 December 2016. 
  6. ^
  7. ^ Jeff Borzello (2017-04-04). "Malik Monk declares for NBA draft". Retrieved 2017-04-04. 
  8. ^ Shupe, Andy (November 20, 2015). "Does Marcus Monk owe Arkansas anything?". WholeHogSports. Retrieved June 29, 2016. 

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