Tag: Malik Monk

UCLA’s talent, play no surprise to Monk

Malik Monk (Chet White/UK Athletics)

Malik Monk (Chet White/UK Athletics)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Malik Monk was not surprised by the way UCLA played Saturday when the Bruins came into Rupp Arena and won 97-92.

“We knew they were going to do that. If we let them open, they were going to make the shot. Great team, like I said before. So we were just outfought for letting them get that open,” Monk, who scored 24 points, said. “I knew they were a great team. I knew they were going to play like that and I knew they were great players. So we can’t just focus on one player and not focus on the other two. We gotta focus on every player. I knew it could happen.”

Malik Monk SEC Freshman of Week

1BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – After a breakout performance in historic Madison Square Garden, Kentucky freshman Malik Monk hauled in Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week honors on Monday. Monk was dynamic in UK’s victory over No. 13/13 Michigan State in the Champions Classic, draining seven 3-pointers en route to a career-high 23-point performance.

This marks the second consecutive week that a Wildcat has earned the league’s weekly honor for the top-performing freshman. De’Aaron Fox claimed the nod in the season’s opening week.

Monk averaged a team-high 18.5 points in the wins over the Spartans and Duquesne in Rupp Arena on Sunday.

Madison Square Garden didn’t overwhelm Malik Monk

Malik Monk. (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

Malik Monk. (Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Playing in New York City’s Madison Square Garden didn’t overwhelm Kentucky freshman Malik Monk. Instead, it inspired him as he had 23 points — and made six 3-pointers — in the win over Michigan State.

“Coming from Bentonville, Arkansas, I was like the top player in Arkansas, so every game was packed for me. I had a lot of adversity because I committed to Kentucky. I’m used to a lot of fans and ‘ooohs’ and all that stuff. Adversity, I’m used to all that,” Monk said after the game. ““I knew all of us would fight for each other, we love each other, we would do anything for each other, and we just do anything to win.”

Monk, Briscoe lead UK beatdown of Michigan State

By LARRY VAUGHT

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo — and probably a lot of other college basketball coaches — wanted to see if Kentucky could make outside shots.

Well, Izzo and others, including about 100 NBA scouts, learned one thing Tuesday night when UK beat Michigan State 69-48 in the Champions Classic in New York’s Madison Square Garden. On a given night, freshman Malik Monk can make a bunch of them.

He was only 3-for-12 from 3-point range in UK’s first two games but he made SEVEN three-pointers, including four in the first half, and finished with a career-high 23 points. He was 8-for-17 overall from the field.

Four Wildcats Named Preseason All-SEC by League Coaches

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

Isaiah Briscoe (Vicky Graff Photo)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – On the eve of the college basketball season’s opening night, four Kentucky Wildcats were tabbed to the Southeastern Conference coaches’ preseason All-SEC first and second teams on Thursday. Freshmen Bam Adebayo and De’Aaron Fox were named to the first team, while sophomore Isaiah Briscoe and freshman Malik Monk earned second-team honors.

The coaches’ preseason All-SEC first and second teams consist of a minimum of eight players on each squad, voted on by the SEC head men’s basketball coaches. No ties were broken and no predicted order of finish was made.

Three UK Freshmen on Naismith Preseason Player of the Year Watch List

Bam Adebayo (Vicky Graff Photo)

Bam Adebayo (Vicky Graff Photo)

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The preseason awards continue to roll in for several of the Kentucky Wildcats. Freshmen Bam Adebayo, De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk were among 50 players selected by the Atlanta Tipoff Club for the 2017 Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year on Thursday.

UK’s trio were among 12 freshmen selected among the 50 total players for the preseason watch list. The mid-season list of 30 will be announced on Feb. 9.

Adebayo, Fox and Monk were simply sensational in UK’s two exhibition contests.

Clarion coach sees 3 UK guards as 1st-round draft picks

Malik Monk (Vicky Graff Photo)

Malik Monk (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Clarion coach Marcess Williams, like most Kentucky fans, was expecting to see John Calipari start guards Isaiah Briscoe, Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox in Sunday’s exhibition game. Instead, Calipari started Dominique Hawkins rather than Monnk.

“They went a little bigger than we thought, but they’re super talented. It allows them to play a little more full-court. I’ve been watching Cal coach over the years, especially with the connection with Clarion and everything,” Williams said.

Calipari has to figure out best way to use guards

De'Arron Fox (Vicky Graff Photo)

De’Arron Fox (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

Trying to figure out the best way to use guards Malik Monk, Isaiah Briscoe and De’Aaron Fox together will be one of the early challenges for coach John Calipari.

All three have to play. Along with Bam Adebayo, they are UK’s best four players and Calipari is not going to keep one on the bench with him.

“We haven’t played them all together. 

Had a great meeting with those three today,” Calipari said after Friday’s Blue-White Game. “We got a lot to figure out. It’s going to be organic, as it always is here. We got to figure out different rotations, who plays better with whom.

Calipari: Monk will probably take most shots on team

Malik Monk (Vicky Graff Photo)

Malik Monk (Vicky Graff Photo)

By LARRY VAUGHT

NASHVILLE — Malik Monk is going to take the most shots for Kentucky this year. Or at least Kentucky coach John Calipari expects it to work that way with his freshman guard.

“Malik is a guy that can get his own shots. It’s just defining what that shot is,” Calipari said Wednesday here during the SEC Media Day.

Calipari explained last week at UK’s Media Day what adjustments Monk faced.

Monk Tabbed to Jerry West Award Preseason Watch List

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – When Kentucky guards De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk shared MVP honors at the Jordan Brand Classic game in April, the Kentucky faithful knew UK had hauled in another impressive backcourt. Just a day after Fox was named to the Bob Cousy Award watch list to honor the nation’s top point guard, Monk was tabbed to the Jerry West Award watch list recognizing the country’s best shooting guard.

Monk is one of 20 candidates on the preseason watch list for the West Award, which will be presented for the third consecutive season to the nation’s top shooting guard by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame announced its original list Tuesday.