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Tuesday / February 21.

Malik Monk Visits SMU; Few Schools Working Hardest

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Malik MonkMalik Monk, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound 2016 shooting guard out of Lepanto (AR) East Poinsett County High School, tripped to SMU unofficially on Friday.

His brother, Marcus Monk, told that a handful of schools are in the mix for Malik, ranked the No. 3 shooting guard in the Class of 2016 by 247 Sports.

Arkansas, Baylor, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Memphis, SMU and UConn are working the hardest, Marcus said.

“They all offered,” he said. “We have no visits scheduled. We’re not really in a hurry to start visiting. It’s still early in the process.”

A year ago, Arkansas Wings EYB coach Wes Swift praised Monk’s offensive skills to

“I don’t know where you start when you talk about Malik offensively,” Swift told “He can beat you right, he can beat you left, he has a smooth stroke from three, as well as a fantastic mid range game, and we’ve all seen how well he can finish. He has a lot of maturity for his age.”


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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.