5-star SG Malik Monk says Kentucky making him top priority

Class of 2016 five-star shooting guard Malik Monk won’t graduate from Bentonville High School in Bentonville, Arkansas, about 27 miles north of Fayetteville, for another year, but he is still high on the wish lists of many programs, particularly Kentucky.

Speaking to Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal, Monk stated that while he did “feel the pressure” to stay close to home and play at Arkansas, Kentucky head coach John Calipari had told him that he was being viewed as a “top priority” for the Wildcats.

Malik Monk says he feels the pressure to stay home and go to Arkansas "every day." Also feels like a top priority to UK.

— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) July 9, 2015

Monk says John Calipari has made it clear he's one of the top priorities for UK in this class.

— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_ATH) July 9, 2015

No surprises here, whatsoever. As history as shown us in the past, if there is a top recruit that Calipari wants, Calipari usually gets his man. This is an instance where it could very well happen again, as Monk is a long, athletic slashing guard whose playing style is ideal for Calipari’s dribble-drive offense.

But Calipari could have some competition from many schools besides Arkansas. Per ESPN, Monk has received offers from Baylor, Oregon, North Carolina, Kansas, Florida and Iowa State. In the coming year, Monk could easily decide to say no to both Kentucky and Arkansas and join any one of those programs.

No decision has been made yet, but Campus Sports will update Monk’s story as more information becomes public.

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