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Calipari faced with challenge of pulling Malik Monk out of Arkansas

Gary Parrish over at has a nice writeup on what he believes is the most intriguing storyline in college basketball recruiting: Malik Monk.

It’s believed to be a two-school race for the five-star scoring guard, with Arkansas presumably leading the way and Kentucky doing all it can to split up all of Monk’s ties to the Razorbacks. Monk’s older brother, Marcus Monk, played four years for Arkansas and worked under Mike Anderson as a graduate assistant. Monk’s cousin, Rashad Madden, averaged almost 10 points per game as a senior at Arkansas last season. Then there’s the location factor; Monk is from just outside Fayetteville in Bentonville.

But Kentucky has the John Calipari factor and Monk may be his top target in the class. Parrish wonders if Cal can beat the odds and pull the prized recruit out of his home state:

So it’s the home-state school with family ties vs. the greatest recruiter in modern history.

And, rest assured, fans of the home-state school are working hard.

“Mostly everyday fans tell me to go to Arkansas,” Monk said. “But there’s no pressure at all.”

I believe the first part of the quote. But I’m not buying the second part at all. Because, let’s be honest, the pressure has to be extraordinary, doesn’t it? I mean, can Malik Monk reallyleave home and endure what would be an intense backlash? And can Marcus Monk, reallylet his brother leave the state when he A) played at Arkansas, B) previously worked with Arkansas, C) lives in Fayetteville, and D) now helps run the Arkansas Wings?

That’s what John Calipari is up against here.

For what it’s worth, Marcus Monk insisted he won’t be swayed by his Arkansas ties.

Whether that’s true, who knows? []

If Cal is able to get Monk to Kentucky, it will go down as one of his toughest gets, no doubt.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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

7 Comments for Calipari faced with challenge of pulling Malik Monk out of Arkansas

  1. Pioneer
    3:38 pm July 10, 2015 Permalink

    If it is strictly a business decision, then it is a no brainer.

  2. Justin
    5:00 pm July 10, 2015 Permalink

    Friends of mine that go to his high school said he already gave a verbal to arkansas like a while ago. Idk if it was just to give his classmates and fans reassurance but him going to kentucky probably isnt happening.

  3. Leuther
    5:09 pm July 10, 2015 Permalink

    My sources say it’s a done deal: Monk to Arkansas…

    • Leuther
      6:25 pm July 10, 2015 Permalink

      40 and Oh, baby!

    • Brian
      6:30 pm July 10, 2015 Permalink

      And you said the same about Randle and countless other players. Troll on bro.

  4. serdi
    8:00 pm July 10, 2015 Permalink

    I live in Arkansas. I can tell you that he has probably been threatened about going anywhere else but Arky. If he goes to UK, he will decide after his High School graduation. He lives up in Northwest Arkansas (they are a separate state from Arkansas…really they believe it….ask them) If he does not go to Arkansas, he will never return to the state. I just hope he will not have to play at Fayetteville…you remember Goodwin’s return. It was beyond bad and he was Little Rock. I can’t imagine how bad it would be for Monk.

  5. don
    12:04 am July 11, 2015 Permalink

    No…Anderson is faced with the challenge of keeping Monk in Arkansas….this kid will be a CAT when all is said and done.