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Monk says goodbye to BBN through The Players’ Tribune


Moments after UK officially announced he will depart for the NBA, Malik Monk used the popular Players’ Tribune to deliver a message to Big Blue Nation.

“Y’all really helped me through it, in a big way, and lent me your hand when I needed one. Y’all treated me like family,” he wrote. “And I’ll consider y’all family for life.”

Monk also used the popular website to thank his teammates, coaches, blood family and everyone who supported him from northeast Arkansas. He tells the story of growing up in “The Woodz” and hoping others in the area will see his success and it will inspire them to chase their own dreams, whether that be in basketball or other walks of life.

Of course, John Calipari gets a lot of love as well. Monk details what Calipari’s message to him was during his recruitment and how Cal promised to make him the best version of Malik Monk, not the second coming of someone else:

“I don’t see you as the next anybody,” he said. “I see you as yourself. You’re Malik Monk. I can’t make you many promises – but if you come to Kentucky, I can promise you this: We’re going to find out who that is.”

Throughout our conversation, I don’t think Coach said “point guard” once. I don’t think he said “shooting guard” once. I don’t think he talked about other Kentucky players … I don’t think he talked about other “Cal guys” … and, though he definitely could’ve, and I definitely would’ve been impressed, I don’t even think he name-dropped a single All-Star. Coach just told me that he wanted me to come to Kentucky – and that he wanted me to become the best possible version of myself.

And that’s the moment when I knew for sure that I wanted to become a Wildcat.

Give it all a read here.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

6 Comments for Monk says goodbye to BBN through The Players’ Tribune

  1. dwildslex
    10:29 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    That very well may be the best draft declaration I’ve seen. That letter was everything.

  2. Bleedblueky
    10:32 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    Great and touching article 🙂 BBN love you Malik and wish you the BEST LUCK on your very long NBA career 🙂

  3. cking
    11:00 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    Best of luck to Fox & Monk…great kids!!

  4. Mathlete
    11:03 am April 4, 2017 Permalink

    I love that Cal doesn’t even feel the need to humblebrag when he’s recruiting. That might be the secret sauce that gets us a top tier recruiting class every year. He doesn’t need to tell you how awesome he is or how great his former players are doing, that’s a well-known set of facts. He tells you how much you’re going to work and that at the end you’ll find out what the best version of yourself looks like.

  5. 4everblue
    2:35 pm April 4, 2017 Permalink

    Thank you Malik for choosing UK and for all you did here.

  6. Aar
    2:36 pm April 4, 2017 Permalink


    It’s worth every minute you spend reading it. I know I couldn’t write like that as a college freshman. So, I suspect he had help but the depth of thought and insight (not just into Monk himself) is remarkable. That had to come from the young man. BBN for life!