Nation’s No. 1 guard commits to Kentucky basketball
The rich get richer.
The nation’s No. 1-rated “combo guard” committed to play basketball at Kentucky, he announced via Twitter on Wednesday.
Malik Monk is a 6-foot-4 senior from Bentonville, Ark., who can play both point guard and shooting guard.
Monk had taken an official visit to Arkansas last month, generating hopes among Razorbacks fans that he would stay around home for his college ball.
It was a devastating loss to Arkansas because Monk’s brother played football and basketball for the Razorbacks. According to Arkansas radio host Trey Schapp, the older brother discouraged his talented younger sibling from joining the Razorbacks because of “distractions.”
Kentucky now has commitments from five recruits for this year. Two are ranked at No. 1 in the nation at their positions – Monk at combo guard and 6-4 De’Aaron Fox of Katy, Texas, at point guard. The other three are each rated among the top 10 power forwards: Edrice Adebayo, a 6-9 senior from High Point, N.C., Wenyen Gabriel, a 6-9 senior from Wilbraham, Mass., and Sacha Killeya-Jones, a 6-10 senior from Lynchburg, Va.
Kentucky now has the nation’s No. 2 overall recruiting class, trailing only Duke in the 247sports composite rankings, which combines all four major recruiting services.
Here was Monk’s tweet:
— Solo (@AhmadMonk) November 18, 2015