Even though they’ll be on campus soon, Kentucky’s future backcourt continues to receive honors for their play as high school prospects. Today Slam Magazine named De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk as two of their five high school All-Americans.
What the basketball magazine had to say about UK’s next point guard:
Headed to Lexington in the fall, De’Aaron Fox will be handed the keys to the backcourt of a program that has featured an array of outstanding guards in recent years. And if his high school numbers are any indication, he’ll do just fine. This past season, the future Wildcat averaged 32.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game for Cypress Lakes, reaching the 40-point mark on eight occasions including a 50-point performance in which he sank 10 3-pointers.
Monk’s scoring pedigree doesn’t differ too much from Fox:
Slated to join Fox in the backcourt at Kentucky, Malik Monk is another guard that proved throughout his HS career that scoring simply comes easy to him. This past season he led Bentonville to a 21-9 record and an appearance in the Class 7A state championship game, averaging 28.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. Monk, along with Fox, was named co-MVP at the 2016 Jordan Brand Classic after posting 22 points and 5 rebounds.
It’s just another honor to add to their long list that starts with the shared Jordan Brand Classic MVP. USA Today and Naismith named Fox as a First Team All-American, placing Monk on their second team. They both were McDonald’s All-Amercans, but Monk made a little more noise by winning the Three-Point Shootout.