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Hyped Recruit Considers Hogs

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A five-star basketball recruit is considering Arkansas as a landing spot for the 2016-17 season. Bentonville native Malik Monk has trimmed his options to six potential schools, including the UofA.

Monk lived in Lepanto just southeast of Jonesboro before transferring to Bentonville High School as a sophomore. At Bentonville, Monk is the country’s No. 5 recruit, according to the 2016 ESPN 100 recruiting index. Monk is considering Kansas, Kentucky, Oregon, North Carolina, Florida State and Arkansas.

Arguably the most high-profile recruit in Arkansas history, Monk has the chance to alter the future of Razorback basketball with a simple signature.

The 6-foot-3-inch combo guard is a star in the making, and whatever his decision may be, it will change that program’s game plan instantly.

Monk visited the UofA on an official campus visit Oct. 31. The reception Monk received during his visit may be crucial in his final decision.

Why wouldn’t Monk commit to a bigger basketball school like Kentucky or Kansas?

As a Razorback, Monk would be continuing the family tradition. His brother Marcus Monk, who played wide receiver for the Razorbacks seven years ago, and his cousin Rashad Madden, who was a talented point guard for Arkansas last season, both had productive careers with the Razorbacks.

Commitments from players, such as four-star junior college recruit Arlando Cook, might make the Razorbacks a more appealing option to Monk as well.

Monk would be the star of the program at Arkansas. At a program like Kentucky, Kansas or North Carolina, Monk would fade into the background against an entire class of five-star recruits, which would make him anything but unique. It’s much easier for a player to stand out in an environment that’s not Kentucky or Kansas.

His draft stock would not suffer by choosing the Hogs. Players like Bobby Portis and Joe Johnson were both drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft. The point is, Monk’s NBA well-being is not affected by choosing a smaller school like Arkansas.

However, that reasoning may not be enough to convince Monk to hang out on The Hill for a year, but make no mistake, the 17-year-old would shine in Fayetteville.

With Monk’s program-altering skills and family connections at Arkansas, it’s no secret he is one of head coach Mike Anderson’s biggest targets.

Arkansas’ legendary “Fastest 40 Minutes” have not been so legendary in the past few years, and the Razorback basketball program will seemingly fall into mediocrity without a star player running the offense.

Arkansas is in need of obtaining a recruit of this magnitude. The Razorbacks must make their strongest push to get the program back to its “Fastest-40-Minutes” mentality.

Monk said he doesn’t plan on making a decision until his high school season has concluded.

Coach Anderson and the Razorbacks must put on their best recruiting hats if they want Monk to wear a Razorback uniform.

Monk would shine bright in cardinal and white.

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