Malik Monk wins MVP award at Nike Global Challenge

Malik Monk made the all-tournament team last year at the Nike Global Challenge.

He did one better this year, winning the Most Valuable Player award in leading Team South to a 120-109 victory against Team West in the final Saturday in Chicago.

Monk had 22 points, 12 rebounds and four assists despite nine turnovers in 39 minutes to lead his team that was playing shorthanded. Only six players dressed for the South. The team finished the game with four players after two fouled out.

Monk, an elite level shooting guard from Bentonville, Ark., is ranked as the No. 5 player overall in the ESPN100 for the Class of 2016 and was strong through all three days of the Global Challenge.

UConn commit Alterique Gilbert and undecided reclassified forward Maverick Rowan each had 28 for the winners. Gilbert added five assists and four rebounds and Rowan had five and five.

Despite a rough go in the final with 10 points on 3 of 15 shooting, Trae Young was named the West MVP. He also had seven assists.

Markus Howard, the recent Findlay Prep transfer from Arizona, led the West with 34 points. Jarred Vanderbilt (19 points, 12 rebounds) and Herard Schnider (15 and 10) each had double-doubles.

Gilbert, Young, Vanderbilt were on the all-tournament team along with Miles Bridges from Team Midwest and Myles Powell from Team East.

Midwest beat East 135-119 in the third-place game Saturday. Bridge had 20 points and 10 rebounds in the win for Midwest, and Powell had 30 points in the loss.

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