One of the top high school recruits in the Class of 2016 is Malik Monk.
A 6-3 shooting guard out of Arkansas, Monk is rated by most recruiting services as a top-10 prospect, some having him in the top five. John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats have been hot on Monk's trail for much of the past year, but so too have the home-state Arkansas Razorbacks.
According to CBS Sports' Jon Rothstein, Monk has cut his list of schools in consideration, and to no surprise, the Cats made it and will host him for big Blue Madness on Oct. 16:
2016 G Malik Monk will visit Oregon (9/18), KU (10/9), UK (10/16), & Arkansas (10/24), source told @CBSSports. Visits to UNC & FSU are TBD.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) September 1, 2015
Monk has since announced on his brother's radio show that his list has been cut to Arkansas, Florida State, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina and Oregon.
He's actually had his list cut for over a week, but wanted to wait and announce it on his brother's radio show tonight. Monk also said he could announce his commitment at any time.
"Whenever I’m comfortable and I know where I want to go," he said, "I’ll put that out and tell the world."
However, Monk's brother, Marcus, previously said there would be no decision until the spring. Marcus was actually an All-SEC football performer at Arkansas in the 2000s. He now helps run the Arkansas Wings summer program for which Malik plays. Malik is also the cousin of Ky Madden, who averaged 9.7 points last season for an Hogs team that made the NCAA Tournament.
While the Wildcats are firmly in the running for Monk, the Hogs currently have a big edge on 24/7 Sports’ Crystal Ball for a lot of the reasons mentioned above.
Monk is ranked by ESPN as the No. 1 shooting guard and as the No. 5 overall player in the Class of 2016. 24/7 Sports has him No. 5 nationally while Rivals.com ranks him as the No. 6 overall player in the class.
Here are two new highlight-reels of Monk in action by Ball Is Life and Max Preps:
And in case you missed it, here are the details for Big Blue Madness and when tickets to it can be purchased. It's clear that UK will once again host several of the nation's top recruits at the event.