The comparison game is a dicey one for analysts, especially when you’re talking about players who haven’t yet played a minute past the high school level.
But if ESPN analyst Seth Greenberg is to be believed, the University of Kentucky has another phenomenal freshman who could be an NBA All-Star soon.
According to Tyler Thompson of Kentucky Sports Radio, Greenberg watched the Wildcats practice and then said Malik Monk evokes memories of Russell Westbrook.
Monk reminds me a little of Russell Westbrook. He just gets after it. He’s got a terrific middle game, he can shake it and just elevate over you, he can get to the rim obviously. He’s got a strength about him, he plays on good balance. He shot it well yesterday from the three and just the manner in which he carried himself, I thought he was really good.
Monk was the No. 11 player in the 2016 class, according to 247Sports, and is a 6 foot 3 combo guard out of Bentonville, Ark.
Monk is part of another masterful John Calipari recruiting class, which also includes the sixth, ninth, 14th and 24th-rated prospects in the freshman class.
Thompson’s transcribed radio interview also includes a few more nuggets about UK that should get fans fired up for the winter, including De’Aaron Fox’s speed, Isaiah Briscoe’s leadership and the improvement of Derek Willis.