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Malik Monk commits to KENTUCKY

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According to Evan Daniels of, Malik Monk has given his verbal commitment to John Calipari and the University of Kentucky. The five-star shooting guard, ranked first at his position and fifth overall, plans to sign and submit his National Letter of Intent later today. Today is the last day in the early signing player the LOI can be signed and submitted.

With the addition of Monk, Kentucky leaps Duke for the No. 1 recruiting class in 2016. This class challenges¬†John Calipari’s 2014 group for the best¬†he’s ever had in Lexington.

What a week.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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33 Comments for Malik Monk commits to KENTUCKY

  1. constantinexi
    11:19 am November 18, 2015 Permalink


  2. Blue Ale8
    11:19 am November 18, 2015 Permalink


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  4. Rajonrondo9
    11:20 am November 18, 2015 Permalink


  5. symphonist41169
    11:22 am November 18, 2015 Permalink

    Cal’s greatest class EVER. Make room for #10!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. 54Meeks
    11:22 am November 18, 2015 Permalink


  7. ukufan
    11:24 am November 18, 2015 Permalink

    What an awesome week of UK Basketball and recruiting excellence!

  8. ukufan
    11:25 am November 18, 2015 Permalink

    I think ESPN should retract that stupid article about Coach Krskdufhyi beating him at his own game!

    • ukufan
      11:26 am November 18, 2015 Permalink

      Beating Cal at his own game

  9. MiggityMike
    11:26 am November 18, 2015 Permalink

    Would say this is like getting Boardwalk and Park Place in Monopoly, but it’s more like getting them and the railroads, utilities and half the other properties too! Unreal!!

    • RealCatsFan
      12:00 pm November 18, 2015 Permalink

      … and having apartments on them!

  10. LAWildcat
    11:26 am November 18, 2015 Permalink

    Any comment from Ian O’Connor today?


  11. Willis talkin bout....
    11:27 am November 18, 2015 Permalink

    Beating Duke! Bam and now Monk! Its a Blue Christmas come early!!!! Go CATS!!!

  12. UK Big Board Update
    11:30 am November 18, 2015 Permalink

    cats paw still crying…… lol

  13. inside info2
    11:31 am November 18, 2015 Permalink

    Wow. Unbelievable. Way to go Cal!

    Lol at Matt Jones for saying on the radio, “I knew this yesterday but it was super secret and I couldn’t tell”. Matt’s ego is still out of control.

    • theSkinny81
      11:32 am November 18, 2015 Permalink

      Pot, meet kettle.

      Get over yourself. Seriously.

    • CATandMONKEY
      11:34 am November 18, 2015 Permalink

      Thing is…Matt very likely did know this but wasn’t going to steal the kid’s thunder.

    • Jiminy Crickets
      11:44 am November 18, 2015 Permalink

      hey dude, look at the 0920 post, at the very bottom. “we could be in for a huge surprise today”.

      Sounds like someone had some actual “inside info”

    • Long Dong Silver
      11:47 am November 18, 2015 Permalink

      I’ll say, sometimes Matt’s ego does get out of control. But I 100% believe that Matt knew yesterday. He is plugged in with this staff.

    • inside info2
      12:22 pm November 18, 2015 Permalink

      I’m not saying he didn’t know. I’m sure he did. I think it’s just funny that he felt like he had to let us know.

    • Dustin Rumbaugh
      12:33 pm November 18, 2015 Permalink

      I feel like this situation has been explained before but I’ll go ahead and do it again. It depends on who the information comes from as to whether or not you can report it. For instance, the staff may have said to Matt that Monk was committing so you can go ahead and get some hype going but don’t ruin the kid’s moment. Matt then is bound to not report it so he doesn’t stop getting these types of leaks. The Arkansas guy on the other hand probably got it from someone around the Arkansas staff which explains the “we didn’t get him only because his brother got in his ear and not because Cal genuinely beat us” stuff. That staff or the people around that staff could care less about ruining his moment. Sad but true in the world of recruiting. So Matt can only allude to it, which is nice of him to do for the fans, but this guy has to be the one to break it first. Same probably goes for Evan Daniels. If you notice, he didn’t report it until after the tweet came out, then probably got the go ahead from his sources. That’s just how these things work.

  14. theSkinny81
    11:33 am November 18, 2015 Permalink

    This is HUGE. Its gonna be another fun couple of years.

    Its also pretty apparent Cal isn’t going anywhere any time soon.

  15. Chester B
    11:35 am November 18, 2015 Permalink

    Still need some outside shooters. Seems the knock on these guards is that they are athletic, etc etc. But everyone says “must improve outside shooting” Teams will pack it in against UK and force them to hit outside shots.

    • ColumbusCat
      11:39 am November 18, 2015 Permalink

      Well we will have a second year Mulder and senior Willis. Not saying they are five star players, but not bad options either.

    • Jiminy Crickets
      11:55 am November 18, 2015 Permalink

      im not overly confident Briscoe and/or Ulis get drafted. Ulis is fantastic. but at 5’9 there will be reservation to draft him, and Briscoe mainly because he is a PG playing off the ball. He will hard to evaluate.

      Lee will be back, along with Humphries (he’s to young even if he does have fantastic season), and Tai Wynard. Add in the current class, and that will easily be the best frontcourt, back court and bench. Duke’s front court with tatum and Giles will also be fantastic, but only if they add Bolden will they match UKs size, depth, and talent. The only real “big” they have is a 5yr Plumlee

    • lexslamman
      12:26 pm November 18, 2015 Permalink

      Look, I get the concern, and I love a good jump shooter as much as anyone as long as they’re wearing Kentucky blue, but outside shooting doesn’t matter if you have five guys who can finish from 10 feet in. You can pack the defense in as much as you want, with five guys driving and jostling for position, gaps will open up, even in a 1-3-1.

    • nadroj
      12:32 pm November 18, 2015 Permalink

      lexslamman… did you watch that 2010 Elite 8 game against West Virginia? That team had 3 future NBA All-Stars, and we still lost because we couldn’t shoot the 3. I’m super excited about Monk and Fox in the backcourt, but shooting is going to be a problem.

    • Dustin Rumbaugh
      12:37 pm November 18, 2015 Permalink

      Jiminy….Briscoe probably gets into the lottery range just based on his potential and build. The new NBA guards are big scorers that can handle it. He wouldn’t get out of the lottery just based on meeting those bare minimum traits, whether that’s right or wrong. Only thing that will keep him here is an injury IMO.

    • BCO
      12:53 pm November 18, 2015 Permalink

      Fox and Monk arent pure shooters but both can shoot it from deep. Theyre so freakishly athletic they dont have to rely on being that, though.

      Im prediciting well lose Alex (obviously), Skal, Jamal, Isiah, with Marcus and Tyler being 50-50. Thatll leave a line up that looks like this (assuming Marcus and Tyler stay):

      PG: Ulis, Fox
      SG: Monk, Mulder, Hawkins
      SF: Gabriel, Willis, Matthews
      PF: Killeya-Jones, Abedeyo Wynyard
      C: Lee, Humphries

      My biggest worry is shot blocking from our bigs if Lee leaves. If he and Tyler come back….forget about it. Well be blowing teams out of the water.

    • UKBigDaddy4
      2:46 pm November 18, 2015 Permalink

      I think Bam will do just fine as a shot blocker, even if Lee leaves(and don’t forget Humphries had a couple of blocks last night in his limited minutes). He already has good instincts, and gets off the floor in a hurry!

    • @BallBlog_Chad
      4:23 pm November 18, 2015 Permalink

      I would rearrange to look like this:

      PG: Fox, Hawkins
      SG: Monk, Matthews
      SF: Gabriel, Willis
      PF: SKJ, Wynyard
      C: Adebayo, Humphries

      Just going to assume Lee, Ulis and Briscoe leave

  16. 8 god
    11:44 am November 18, 2015 Permalink

    Honestly I take this new fab 5 over Tatum-injured-Giles-Jackson any day of the week.