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Malik Monk to enter draft, sign with agent


As expected, Malik Monk will enter the NBA draft and sign with an agent, thus ending his time at the University of Kentucky.

Monk had this to say in a release from UK:

“After taking some time with my family and reflecting on this season, I have decided to enter my name into the 2017 NBA Draft,” Monk said. “As a little kid, these are words that I could only dream of saying. For that I am very grateful and thank God. I would like to thank Coach Cal for helping me evolve my game and become a more complete basketball player. You pushed me all season to be my best and taught me the true meaning of team and sacrifice. KP (Kenny Payne), thank you for mentoring me on and off the court and helping me perfect my craft while guiding me through the entire process. I want to thank all of the coaches and support staff for investing time and energy in my future and helping me mature as a young man. Month by month I have grown and matured on and off the floor because of you guys.

“I want to thank my teammates. You guys made this the best year of my life, and you will always have a brother in me. I appreciate everyone that plays a part in this program from the administration, academic support, to the managers. It takes a village and the time you invested off the court made everything on the court possible.

“BBN, I cannot thank you enough for all the support and encouragement you showed me throughout the year. Although the season didn’t end like we wanted it to, you gave me memories that will last a lifetime. We couldn’t have done it without you. From the Bahamas to Vegas, you were right there. Through the ups and downs of the season, you were right there. I will forever be thankful for the support. You are truly the best fans in the world.”

John Calipari added, “Malik is a special talent. With Malik you’re talking about a superior athlete with skills and an ability to score that make him truly unique. What I love about Malik is that, as the season went on, he learned how to help our team win by doing more than just score. He became an efficient player who I believe will make an immediate impact at the next level.”

Monk is currently projected in the 5 to 10 range in the first round of the draft. He leaves Kentucky with the fourth-most points in a single season and the third-most three-pointers in one year, as well as a long list of accolades:

NCAA Consensus All-America Second Team
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)
AP All-America Second Team
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
Wooden Award All-American
USBWA District IV Player of the Year
USBWA All-District IV Team
Jerry West Award Finalist
Wooden Award Finalist
NABC All-District 21 Team


Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

8 Comments for Malik Monk to enter draft, sign with agent

  1. scwhite9
    9:24 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    I just love this guy. From the moment we met him at the Women’s Clinic, we knew his personality would be huge. Part of me wishes UK had recorded his farewell from his words rather than someone writing this for him. He slaughtered the English language, but you knew he was totally honest and thoughtful in all he said. His smile made his words ring true.

    Best of wishes, Malik. We will follow you in the MBA. Kudos to your mother for rearing such a unique individual.

    • RealCatsFan
      9:29 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

      “Slaughtered the English language”? Geesh, he was no Abe Lincoln, but he spoke the way a lot of young kids in his age group speak – especially freshmen. At least he wasn’t as bad as Montrezl Harrell – you need a translator for that dude.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      9:55 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

      His goodbye was heartfelt and he communicated his message well.

      And it’s longer than a term paper at UNC.

    • BigBlueSkyDog
      10:05 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

      Didn’t you read the article? It was brilliantly written and thoughtfully expressed. Better than any of the jokers like Pat Forde who write for a living. If this had been a term paper submitted at UNC, Monk would have been awarded a PhD.

  2. RealCatsFan
    9:26 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    And the hits just keep on coming…

    I am totally saying this from the selfish fan perspective. I absolutely do not blame Malik for pursuing his dream in the NBA, and we are grateful for what he brought to the team this year. Good luck, Malik!

  3. nybrasky
    9:38 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    Monk is only going to get better as he matures and gets stronger. He’ll be a fun one to watch in the NBA. I kind of wish he through some shade at Arkansas, but respect that he didn’t.

  4. bdmnky81
    10:08 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    Good luck, Malik. Thank you for the big shot after big shot. Thank you for the killer offensive attitude. I look forward to seeing you play on the next level and making a name for yourself.

  5. Ridge Runner
    11:15 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    Loved this kid. Good luck my man