Bentonville (Bentonville, Ark.) shooting guard Malik Monk is one of the most electrifying scorers in the country, regardless of class. He once dropped 59 points on, arguably, the toughest AAU circuit of them all (Nike EYBL), he creates more highlights than seasoned pros and he’s been featured on Sportscenter’s top 10 plays multiple times.
Still, last month when he learned that he’d made the McDonald’s All American Game he was as giddy as a player who had no clue he’d suit up at the United Center on March 30.
“I was excited; I didn’t believe it,” said Monk, a Kentucky signee who is ranked No. 8 overall in the ESPN 100. “I’ve been watching the game since I’ve been growing up. I was relieved.”
On Friday afternoon, Monk received his honorary McDonald’s All American Game jersey during a ceremony at his school as part of the McDonald’s All American Game Hometown Heroes presented by American Family Insurance.
With a 42-inch vertical, Monk will undoubtedly be a favorite to take home the POWERADE Jam Fest dunk contest trophy, but throwing down creative jams and hoisting trophies isn’t the first thing that comes to mind for Monk when he thinks about the McDonald’s All American Game.
“The experience I’m most looking forward to is going to see the kids at the McDonald’s House,” Monk said. “I saw that on a documentary and I’m really looking forward to that.”
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