One of the reasons players flock to coach John Calipari is the way he advocates for them after they’ve graduated. With nothing tangible to gain, again and again he builds his players up as much as he can ahead of the NBA Draft.
It should come as no surprise that Malik Monk is getting the same treatment.
On Thursday, Fanrag sports reported that Calipari feels the Knicks would be the ideal landing spot for the talented former Wildcat guard. According to Calipari, Monk “would be one of those guys for the Knicks that fans would pay to go see.”
There’s no denying that he was a force in his brief college career.
Monk was at Kentucky for only one season before deciding to make the jump to the NBA. He was stellar in that lone season. Over the course of 38 games, Monk averaged 19.8 points in 32 minutes of action. He shot 45 percent from the field, and 39.7 percent from three-point range.
However, some scouts feel that he was able to hide in Kentucky’s offense last season. Playing alongside De’Aaron Fox, Monk kept his ball handling skills to a minimum, and rarely took on lead guard situations. Some feel he will struggle to make the adjustment in the NBA.
Wherever he is drafted, he will become the latest of an annually increasing list of players that attend Kentucky for one season, and are then drafted highly in the NBA. League commissioner Adam Silver has addressed his sentiments over the need to change the amateurism rules. He is in favor of raising one year, to 20 years old. That would effectively force players into staying into college for at least two season.