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Monk soars on Chad Ford’s latest Big Board

Photo by UK Athletics

Photo by UK Athletics

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Malik Monk’s big performance vs. North Carolina sent his NBA stock soaring, and on Chad Ford’s latest Big Board of NBA prospects, Monk jumped eleven spots to number four, behind Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, and Josh Jackson. Forty-seven points is impressive, but Ford thinks Monk is capable of even more.

“Monk dropped 47 points on North Carolina on Saturday, and truthfully, that still didn’t really capture what he’s capable of as a scorer. His 3-point shooting, ballhandling and ability to finish at the rim make him the most elite scorer in the draft. If he were 6-foot-6, instead of 6-foot-3 — or if he had more of a chance to play the point at Kentucky — he’d challenge Fultz for the No. 1 spot on the board.”

Meanwhile, De’Aaron Fox checks in at number nine, the same spot from Ford’s first Big Board. Like most of us, Ford says Fox’s speed is incredible, but his shooting leaves a lot to be desired.

“There isn’t a faster player in the country than Fox. He’s a blur with the ball, both in the open court and in half-court sets. His quickness and ballhandling abilities are elite, and he’s showed terrific playmaking instincts at Kentucky — but the shooting is a big issue. He’s hitting just 15 percent of his 3s and only 30 percent of his 2-point jumpers for Kentucky.”

Bam Adebayo fell from 12th to 18th, with Ford expressing concerns about his feel for the game.

“Bam Adebayo has been solid for Kentucky, but not quite the dominant paint presence coach John Calipari had hoped. The strong, athletic big man is averaging 12.5 PPG and 8.0 RPG, though he hasn’t been as imposing in the middle as some scouts would like. He has the body and the springs, but the feel for the game still appears to be lacking.”

Just wait ’til February to judge Bam.


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9 Comments for Monk soars on Chad Ford’s latest Big Board

  1. david8577
    11:00 am December 23, 2016 Permalink

    I love both our guards, but one has to wonder if by “latest” he means, post UNC, pre UL.

  2. SanDiegoCats
    11:27 am December 23, 2016 Permalink

    Jeez we lose to a top 10 team, in an environment 80% of the kids have never seen before, and only by 3 after shooting 30%. Not to mention it was just 4 days after a game that, only as a fan, I’m still tired from. People need to relax.

    • unbridled
      2:46 pm December 23, 2016 Permalink

      Lots of excuses. They should have won that game.

    • SanDiegoCats
      7:09 pm December 23, 2016 Permalink

      Shooting 30% is not an excuse, it’s a fact.

  3. Willis talkin bout....
    1:44 pm December 23, 2016 Permalink

    I think Bam will become what we all hoped for once he starts demanding the ball. Right now our guards are too content on taking contested jump shots and he is out of position for the rebound cause he is trying to post up when they shoot them. And Lord only knows what our 4 is doing at that moment.

    • unbridled
      2:43 pm December 23, 2016 Permalink

      Agreed and bam is going to be really fun to watch.

    • catdaddyd
      8:25 pm December 23, 2016 Permalink

      The 4 spot got 16 rebounds.

  4. Luether
    3:46 pm December 23, 2016 Permalink

    All 3 of these guys have tremendous upsides. If they figure it out, the sky’s the limit…