The Gatorade State Boys Basketball Players of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 fall season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.
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THE WINNER: Malik Monk
School: Bentonville (Ark.)
Weight: 190 pounds
Athletic achievement: He led the Tigers to a 21-9 record and the Class 7A state championship game this past season. Monk averaged 28.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. The USA TODAY American Family Insurance ALL-USA Arkansas Player of the Year as a junior, he has been selected to play in the Jordan Brand Classic and the McDonald’s All-American games. Monk is also a First Team All-Arkansas honoree and was named a Second Team Naismith Trophy All-American.
Academic excellence: Monk has maintained a B average.
Exemplary character: A member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, he has volunteered locally serving Thanksgiving meals to the needy and assisting at youth basketball camps.
“Monk does spectacular things on a basketball court,” said Jeremy Price, head coach at Springdale High. “He’s got NBA level athleticism and he has a great ability to create his own shot. He can elevate and shoot from anywhere on the floor and all you can do is hope that he misses.”
THE FUTURE: Monk has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at the University of Kentucky this fall.