Kentucky Freshman Malik Monk Declares for the Draft

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Kentucky freshman All-American Malik Monk announces his intentions to declare for the 2017 NBA Draft. Monk is currently slated as a top 5 pick by DraftExpress.

“After taking some time with my family and reflecting on this season, I have decided to enter my name into the 2017 NBA Draft,” Monk said in a statement released by the school. “As a little kid, these are words that I could only dream of saying.”

“I want to thank my teammates,” Monk continued. “You guys made this the best year of my life, and you will always have a brother in me. I appreciate everyone that plays a part in this program from the administration, academic support, to the managers. It takes a village and the time you invested off the court made everything on the court possible.”

Monk averaged 19.8 points, second among freshmen nationally, and finished the season with a Kentucky freshman record 751 points. Monk’s season placed him fourth all-time in UK’s history books, regardless of class, trailing only Dan Issel (948; 1970), Jodie Meeks (854; 2009) and Jamal Mashburn (767; 1992).

“Malik is a special talent,” Kentucky head coach John Calipari said. “With Malik you’re talking about a superior athlete with skills and an ability to score that make him truly unique. What I love about Malik is that, as the season went on, he learned how to help our team win by doing more than just score. He became an efficient player who I believe will make an immediate impact at the next level.”

The NBA Draft will be held June 22 and will be televised live on ESPN.


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