When a local basketball star decides to leave the state he made a name for himself to go play college basketball elsewhere, it can certainly rub people the wrong way. When that star decides to go to a national powerhouse that just so happens to play in the same conference as the local college, fans can get downright angry.
Five-star guard Malik Monk of Bentonville, Arkansas announced on Wednesday that he was going to play is college ball at Kentucky rather than staying with the Arkansas Razorbacks.
On Thursday, Monk played in his first game since the announcement, and some people weren’t very happy.
Monk was booed during his introduction as well as anytime he touched the ball by fans of the opposing Conway Wampuscats. And while that type of stuff is to be expected towards an opposing player, the fact that he’s leaving to play at Kentucky added extra motivation to the gestures.
You can watch the action unfold courtesy of KATV in Little Rock.
Monk used the boos as motivation, however, scoring 34 points to lead his team to an 86-71 victory.