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Everybody’s raving about Malik Monk’s performances this weekend


The Spalding Hoophall Classic rolls on in Springfield, Massachusetts, and this morning, John Calipari was front and center to watch future UK shooting guard Malik Monk and the Bentonville Tigers take on St. Anthony High School. Bentonville lost 72-50, but Monk was named MVP after finishing with 22 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, and 3 steals despite being double-teamed throughout the game.

Today’s was the latest of several impressive performances by Monk, who earned plenty of praise this weekend. His coach, Jason McMahan, told Adam Zagoria that Monk reminds him of both Steph Curry and Russell Westbrook. Tell me more, tell me more…

“I’ve not been able to find his ceiling in looking for it,” McMahan said. “He’s going to for sure be a guard. As a guard, what is it that he can’t do? He has vision, he has elite athleticism. He can pass it, shoot it, those sort of things, so you see some combinations of some of the things that Curry can do that make him so great and you see some of things that Westbrook does that make him so great. Not so much the comparisons but those characteristics, and so it’s hard to put [a ceiling] on him for me.”

Zagoria also spoke to Monk, who said he texts with his fellow 2016 signees “every day” and can’t wait to get to Lexington. To read more of his interview with Zagsblog, click here.

I’m traveling to Arkansas for the UK game on Thursday and am hoping to meet up with Monk at some point for an interview, so cross your fingers that the people in his camp get back to me. Then watch these highlights of Monk showing out at the Hoophall Classic:

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9 Comments for Everybody’s raving about Malik Monk’s performances this weekend

  1. winagain1
    3:51 pm January 18, 2016 Permalink

    Which one is Malik?

  2. Rixter
    4:22 pm January 18, 2016 Permalink

    This time last year, everybody was talking about Skal, and what an awesome high school he was.

    Let’s wait until these kids get here before we engrave their names on the Wooden Award.

    • Rixter
      4:22 pm January 18, 2016 Permalink

      *high school player

    • A_Blue_Wildcat
      4:57 pm January 18, 2016 Permalink

      Skal didn’t play his senior year of highschool, so im not sure what you’re really on about.

  3. cats paw
    4:29 pm January 18, 2016 Permalink

    Amazing athlete!!!! yet gets beat 72-50 by a bunch of pale skinned, fundamentally sound kids that can actually shoot free throws…sounds like a perfect fit for Cal.

    • UK Big Board Update
      4:39 pm January 18, 2016 Permalink

      Gonzaga under Mark Few hasn’t been past the Elite Eight in the 15 years he’s been there.

      UK, on the other hand………

    • theSkinny81
      4:49 pm January 18, 2016 Permalink

      cats paw, you’re a real piece of shit. You do realize that, right?

    • whack0001
      5:41 pm January 18, 2016 Permalink

      Well I don’t know anything about these teams but I’m assuming bentonville is a public school while st Anthony’s is a private school. Private schools usually have the advantage as they “recruit”. A lot of these guys play on crappy high school teams. AAU is where they make their name

  4. whack0001
    5:38 pm January 18, 2016 Permalink

    Why does somebody always have to be pointing at the person they’re in a picture with? You look like a f***ing idiot. Might as well be “dabbing” while you’re at it. Every dumbass and their momma is doing it.