You’ve probably heard of Malik Monk by now. If not, you will soon. The Bentonville, Ark. junior starred for the U.S. U-18 team this summer, has scholarship offers from the likes of Kentucky and Kansas (not to mention in-state Arkansas, who many consider the favorites to sign him) and is so explosive that his in-state high school foes can’t really be faulted for failing to slow him down.
Case in point: This dunk during an early season Bentonville game, where Monk elevates directly above a defender who is at least three inches taller. The poor kid never had a chance.
Monk also flashes some of his famous competitiveness after coming down from the atmosphere, getting right in the face of the significantly larger player he just dunked on. That takes cojones to go with overall ups.
There’s still plenty of time for the scouting services to pick a top player in the Class of 2016, particularly if the current top man, Canadian star Thon Maker, re-classifies into the Class of 2015. Given Monk’s rapid ascent and unstoppable athleticism, he might not be a bad choice, eh?