For a second consecutive day, John Calipari and the Kenctucky Wildcats have landed a commitment from a top 10 prospect in the Class of 2016. A day after landing 6-10 power forward Edrice Adebayo, who is considered by many as the second best PF in the senior class after Duke-bound Harry Giles, the top ranked shooting guard in the nation Malik Monk of Bentonville, Arkansas made his pledge to Big Blue Nation this morning via Twitter (see below). Just last week, UK landed Katy (TX) native De’Aaron Fox, who some argue is the top point guard in the class of 2016.
— Solo (@AhmadMonk) November 18, 2015
More info from the Lexington Herald Leader:
John Calipari pulled off one more shocker on the final day of the national signing period, nabbing a commitment from five-star combo guard Malik Monk, probably the final piece in a recruiting class that will rank among UK’s best ever.
Monk — a 6-foot-4 prospect from Lapento, Ark. — chose Kentucky over the home-state Razorbacks, who were considered the favorite for much of his recruitment. That he committed to the Cats was not necessarily a surprise, but the timing certainly was. Monk had long said that he planned to stretch his recruitment out to the spring and had no plans to sign early.
Arkansas was seen as a school that would be tough for the Cats to beat. Malik’s brother, Marcus Monk, was a two-sport standout for the Razorbacks and a former member of Mike Anderson’s staff. Anderson made Monk his No. 1 priority years ago, once bringing the entire Razorbacks team to one of his high school games.
But Calipari turned up the heat on Monk’s recruitment starting in summer 2014, and the dynamic recruit took his official visit to Lexington on the weekend of Big Blue Madness.
Monk also took official visits to Kansas and Oregon and earned scholarship offers from several other major programs.