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Kentucky Wildcat Quickies: Malik Monk Edition

One of the top players Kentucky is recruiting in the 2016 class is five-star guard Malik Monk.

The 6-3, 180-pound shooting guard from Arkansas is ranked as a top-five player in most recruiting services, including the No. 3 ranking on 24/7Sports. He's having a big showing at the Nike EYBL Peach Jam this week with UK coaches watching him. John Calipari even told Monk he's making the talented guard a must-get in this class.

Monk also revealed this week he's not going to make any college decisions until the spring, which means this recruiting battle between UK and the home-state Hogs will continue for quite a bit longer.

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