5 Malik Monk

Hometown (Last School)
Lepanto, Ark. (Bentonville)
Current Team
Kentucky Wildcats


Made the All-USA Boys Basketball Second Team … Tabbed to the Naismith All-America Second Team … McDonald’s All-American Game Morgan Wooten Player of the Year finalist … Also a McDonald’s All-American and Jordan Brand Classic game participant … Shared MVP honors with fellow UK signee De’Aaron Fox at the Jordan Brand Classic after posting 22 points, five rebounds, three assists and three steals … Won the McDonald’s 3-point shooting contest and finished second in the dunk contest … The 2016 Arkansas Gatorade Player of the Year in addition to earning the state’s Mr. Basketball award … An all-state player … Considered the top shooting guard in the class and a consensus five-star prospect … Ranked No. 9 overall by Rivals and ESPN … 247Sports rated him as the No. 10 player overall and Scout tabbed him at No. 13 … Ranked No. 9 overall in the Recruiting Services Consensus Index … Averaged 28.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists as a senior … Season highlights include a single-game school scoring record with 53 points … Named to the 2015-16 USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team in September … Led Bentonville to the state championship game … Suited up for the Arkansas Wings on the AAU circuit.


Born Feb. 4, 1998, in Jonesboro, Arkansas … He is the son of Jackie Monk and Michael Scales … Has one brother, Marcus … Marcus was an NFL wide receiver of the Chicago Bears and played for the University of Arkansas … Marcus also played college basketball at Arkansas … A cousin, Rashad Madden played basketball for Arkansas, and his uncle, Chuck Monk, played running back for Arkansas State … Lists his mom and brother as the most influential people in his life … Chose his jersey number because “on the fifth day of the Creation, God made the animals” and he loves learning about animals … Activities he enjoys outside of basketball include fishing and riding on four wheelers … Chose Kentucky over Arkansas, Kansas and Oregon.

Posted by Walter Cornett

Walter Cornett, of Elizabethtown, Kentucky, is the owner and operator of Walter’s Wildcat World. He founded WildcatWorld.com in 1998 making it one of the oldest Kentucky basketball fan sites in operation today.