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ESPN: Malik Monk will be UK’s “clutch player” this season


In the John Calipari Era, we’ve had our share of “clutch players”: John Wall, Brandon Knight, Tyler Ulis, Jamal Murray, and, of course, the most clutch of them all, Aaron Harrison. Who’s next in line? According to ESPN’s C.L. Brown, Malik Monk.

“Most teams wouldn’t hand the ball to a freshman before he has ever played a game in college,” Brown writes. “UK isn’t most programs, though. In back-to-back games while at Bentonville (Ark.) High School, Monk made consecutive buzzer-beating 3-pointers. Both came while he was double-teamed; he even had to double-clutch on one. He’s likely to do it again in the clutch at the next level.”

Monk actually won the three-point contest at the McDonald’s All-American Game, and also participated in the Dunk Contest. Calipari isn’t backing off the high expectations for the talented guard, saying earlier this summer that only Superman could beat Monk out for a starting spot.

“If someone beats him out,” the coach began, “I’d be very happy because that guy would have to have an ’S’ on the front of his jersey.”

After watching Monk’s latest mixtape, maybe we all need to get Superman capes this season?


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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6 Comments for ESPN: Malik Monk will be UK’s “clutch player” this season

  1. Luether
    1:07 pm July 21, 2016 Permalink

    Great post, Mrs TT! Can’t wait till the season starts…

  2. neverendingscott
    2:25 pm July 21, 2016 Permalink

    He dunks like Russell Westbrook.

  3. Booby Petrino
    2:43 pm July 21, 2016 Permalink

    And the state of Arkansas will continue to be salty.

  4. BK
    4:12 pm July 21, 2016 Permalink

    With his uber-athleticism and speed, he should be able to score off the bounce and/or get to the line easily if the team spaces the floor appropriately. I think he projects to be a Dwayne Wade type of player if he keeps working.

  5. wildcat369
    4:19 pm July 21, 2016 Permalink

    Maybe we should all get a Kentucky blue cape. High collar like Dracula’s with Kentucky on the inside and player’s number on the back. A big white K in the middle. Just a thought…

  6. somerset bill
    5:56 pm July 21, 2016 Permalink

    gonna be fun.