Before his slams in Kentucky’s Blue-White scrimmage in late October went viral, Malik Monk nearly dunked a high lob from Dominique Hawkins during an offseason pickup game at the Joe Craft Center.
He had flushed other alley-oops. But Hawkins threw the one Monk missed near the top of the backboard.
And Monk, ranked ninth in the 2016incoming class by ESPN.com, still got a hand on it.
Folks in the gym gasped or oohed because they knew Monk — and Monk alone — had a chance to finish.