Congratulations to Malik Monk, who was just named a Wooden All-American by the Los Angeles Athletic Club.
Although Monk was not named a finalist for the Wooden Award, given annually to the best player in college basketball, being named to the All-American Team is still a huge honor. He joins Lonzo Ball (UCLA), Dillon Brooks (Oregon), Josh Hart (Villanova), Josh Jackson (Kansas), Justin Jackson (North Carolina), Luke Kennard (Duke), Frank Mason III (Kansas), Caleb Swanigan (Purdue) and Nigel Williams-Goss (Gonzaga) on the team. Ball, Hart, Mason III, Swanigan and Williams-Goss were named the five finalists for the Wooden Award, given annually to the best player in college basketball.
Monk is the sixth Wildcat named a Wooden Award All-American in the John Calipari era. He joins Tyler Ulis (2016), Willie Cauley-Stein (2015), Anthony Davis (2012), DeMarcus Cousins (2010) and John Wall (2010) as other UK players to earn the distinction.
Here’s a complete list of his postseason honors:
- SEC Player of the Year (AP)
- SEC Newcomer of the Year (AP)
- SEC Freshman of the Year (Coaches)
- All-SEC First Team (AP/Coaches)
- All-SEC Freshman Team (Coaches)
- NABC All-America Second Team
- USBWA All-America Second Team
- Sporting News All-America Second Team
- Sporting News Freshman All-America Team
- USA Today All-America Second Team
- NBC Sports All-America Second Team
- USBWA District IV Player of the Year
- USBWA All-District IV Team
- Jerry West Award Finalist
- Wooden Award Finalist
- NABC All-District 21 Team
What a season for Monk, who averaged 19.8 points per game, second among all freshmen nationally, and reached double-figure scoring in all but two games this season. With 14 points in the second-round game vs. Wichita State, he became UK’s all-time leading freshman scorer with 721 points, passing Jamal Murray’s output of 720 from a season ago. His record-breaking season ends with 754 points scored. That’s fourth all-time in UK’s history books regardless of class, trailing only Dan Issel (948; 1970), Jodie Meeks (854; 2009) and Jamal Mashburn (767; 1992).
Additionally, Monk had 18 games with 20 points or more, including a Kentucky freshman record 47 points vs. North Carolina in December. Monk is the only freshman in program history with four 30-point games, and six times this season he scored at least 20 points in a half. Monk made 104 3-pointers on the season, not far behind Jodie Meeks’ school record of 117.