When the 2016 Nike Hoops Summit team was announced many wondered where Malik Monk’s name was. Well, DraftExpress has an interesting take on the missing wing, calling him the biggest snub of the event.
DraftExpress believes they went with chemistry over talent, leaving Monk out of the event. There is a lengthy write up on Monk by DraftExpress, which says the following:
–Malik Monk — arguably the biggest “snub”, Monk is considered a top five or six recruit by all of the high school services, and has been invited numerous times to USA Basketball headquarters in Colorado Springs, as late as this past October for the Junior National Team minicamp. Monk’s omission from the roster is likely heavily due to fit, as you never quite know how a ball-dominant combo guard like him will work on a team that looks like it will be very half-court oriented, particularly if asked to come off the bench. While Monk has frequently been part of USA Basketball mini-camp and training camps, he’s never actually been on an official roster (some players on this team have been on as many as three), so there be somewhat of a trust issue there as well, as he does not possess as much experience playing with the other players in this group. Monk was unable to participate in the mini-camp last October due to injury, and may have lost his spot in the process to someone like Josh Langford, who proved to be one of the toughest and most competitive players in attendance, and thus very difficult to omit. [DraftExpress.com]
If I’m Malik Monk, I wouldn’t worry too much about it. The McDonald’s All-American Game is apparently pretty nice.
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