Malik Monk establishes himself as one of nation's elite scorers

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Heading into last weekend, everyone knew Malik Monk could score.

The 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Bentonville (Ark.) is among the best players in the class of 2016, and his athleticism and shooting ability make him difficult to guard. So it wasn't a surprise that he finished No. 2 in the EYBL in scoring in Sacramento.

But 59 points?

That's how many points Monk scored in a Sunday loss to All Ohio Red, going 15 of 26 from the field, 19 of 23 from the free-throw stripe – and knocking down 10 3-pointers. Monk also had three assists.

It was certainly one of the best performances we will see on the AAU circuit this spring and summer.

Monk will be a coveted prospect in his class, with Kentucky and Duke showing some interest lately. Memphis, Baylor, Connecticut and Kansas are also making pushes – but two schools are coming at him the hardest: Arkansas and Florida.

Both schools watched him recently.

“Both teams run in transition a lot,” Monk said.

While Monk's scoring ability is elite, he is also trying to become more of a combo guard and secondary ball-handler.

“I'm going to have to have the ability to play point guard if I don't grow anymore,” Monk said. “Just breaking down a defense as a point guard, being able to move without the ball, sliding two steps on defense, getting way better on defense.”

Monk is ranked No. 7 in the 247Sports Composite for the class of 2016.

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