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Friday / June 21.
  • Malik Monk Drops 40 at Peach Jam, Setting A New Standard For Guards

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    By JACK LeGWIN

    Special to ZAGSBLOG

    NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — A couple weeks after receiving a Kentucky offer, Malik Monk has gone to work at Peach Jam, leading Wings Elite to wins over Southern Stampede, Jackson Tigers and, on Friday night, against Team Penny in a game in which he went off for 40 points.

    Playing in front of John Calipari, Bill Self and Billy Donovan, the 6-foot-3 Monk threw down some dunks that left the rim shaking. On one sequence, he put a spin move on a defender and posterized him with a lefty dunk moments later.

    While he has offers from some of the biggest schools in the nation, he says that the college decision hasn’t really crept into his mind yet.

    “Nothing really yet,” Monk told SNY.tv . “I’m just waiting until the end of the summer, and then I’m going to focus on everything. I’m not really focused on that, we’re just trying to win.”

    Monk rattled off five schools that are working the hardest at the moment.

    “Florida, Arkansas, Kentucky, Baylor, Louisville.”

    Much of Monk’s family has attended Arkansas, but he says that the past of his family doesn’t effect where he wants to go in the future.

    “College is college,” Monk said. “I’ll be playing ball wherever I go, so that’s it really.”

    One of the best scorers in the country, Monk has one highlight that stands out for him during the season so far.

    “Probably scoring 59 points,” Monk told SNY.tv. “We weren’t really playing well as a team, so I had to get focused on getting the ball into the basket.”

    Monk will be traveling to Colorado Springs to try to make Team USA, a feat of which he fell just short of last year.

    “I’m going to come back harder and better this year to try to make the team,” Monk said. “I feel like I’m a lot better than I was last year because I’m stronger.”

    To close it all out, Monk was asked who he felt like he played like, the answer was easy.

    “Malik Monk.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. 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.

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