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Malik Monk named USBWA National Player of the Week


Congratulations to Malik Monk, who was just named the U.S. Basketball Writers Association’s Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for his 47-point performance vs. North Carolina. You’ve heard the numbers time and time again, but let’s roll through them one more time. Monk was 18-28 from the floor, including 8-12 from three-point land.

Monk’s 47 points…

  • Were the most by a UK freshman in a single game ever.
  • Tied Dan Issel’s mark for the sixth-most points ever by a Wildcat in a single game.
  • Were the most by any Wildcat since Jodie Meeks recorded the single-game record of 54 points at Tennessee in 2009.
  • Were the most points by a collegiate player in Calipari’s Hall of Fame career.
  • Were the second-most ever yielded by a UNC team and the most since Rich Yuknus of Georgia Tech matched the total in 1970.
  • Were the most in a single game by a Southeastern Conference freshman since LSU’s Chris Jackson had 55 vs. Ole Miss in 1989.
  • Were the second-most points by a freshman in Division I college basketball since at least the 1996-97 season. Keydren Clark of St. Peter’s scored 48 on Nov. 23, 2002.

If you haven’t seen it yet, Monk’s shot chart is beautiful:


As is this highlight reel KyWildcatsTV put together:


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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3 Comments for Malik Monk named USBWA National Player of the Week

  1. ukblue22
    1:09 pm December 20, 2016 Permalink

    And zero rebounds.

  2. jaws2
    2:35 pm December 20, 2016 Permalink

    I still think the ONE handed crossover was ridiculous! He made the defender look helpless.