The greatest scorer to ever play for John Calipari at Kentucky will get the chance to learn from the Greatest of All Time. Malik Monk will play for Michael Jordan and the Charlotte Hornets.
A five-star recruit from the state of Arkansas, Monk spurned the Razorbacks and his famous brother’s alma mater to become an elite scorer for John Calipari. Monk’s 754 points surpassed Jamal Murray’s total (720) to become the highest-scoring freshman in UK history. He averaged 19.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game to earn just a few postseason awards…
- Jerry West Award
- AP’s SEC Player of the Year
- First Team All-SEC
- Second Team All-American by USA Today and NBC Sports
Monk scored 20 or more points in 38 games; in six of those games he scored 20 or more in one half. Monk had many unforgettable clutch performances. His three-pointer at Rupp forced overtime against Georgia, scoring 37 en route to victory. Monk gave the Cats a chance in the Elite Eight, knocking down two threes in the final 30 seconds to tie it before the Cats fell on a buzzer-beater. His best game was the best game any player has ever had under John Calipari at UK. 47 points, 64 percent shooting, 8 threes, onions.
Monk is the 16th Kentucky player drafted in the lottery in eight years under John Calipari and one of only six UK guards to go in the lottery.
Malik Monk is a Charlotte Hornet pic.twitter.com/ygcS1ol9mk
– Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR) June 23, 2017
Eleventh was lower than Monk expected to be picked, but he took it in stride.
“I mean, it was lower than I thought but you never know in this situation, so I’m just thankful. Praying for the best situation and hopefully this is it.”
What will Monk bring to the Hornets?
“Versatile, I think I can score on all three levels,” Monk said. “And I can shoot the ball pretty good, so I think that will show immediately.”
Monk lit up when asked if he had met Hornets owner Michael Jordan yet.
“Earlier in the week I did a Skype call with him, they wanted to meet me and see how things were going. It went well and they picked me, so thankful to be in this situation.”
Malik Monk says he Skyped with Michael Jordan earlier this week. pic.twitter.com/dZGFymHggu
— Tyler Thompson (@MrsTylerKSR) June 23, 2017
That smile at the end when he was asked about hunting and fishing spots near Charlotte was priceless.