Monk joins Fox in declaring for 2017 NBA Draft

Apr 05, 2017, 01:45
Monk joins Fox in declaring for 2017 NBA Draft

Monk announced Tuesday that he plans to sign with an agent and forgo his final three seasons of college eligibility to enter the 2017 NBA Draft. "Month by month I have grown and matured on and off the floor because of you guys".

It's nearly a for sure thing that the dynamic freshman duo of De'Aaron Fox and Malik Monk will be gone, and I believe that fellow freshman Bam Adebayo will not be in a Kentucky uniform next season either. "You guys made this the best year of my life, and you will always have a brother in me".

The projected National Basketball Association lottery pick will sign with an agent, effectively ending his college career.

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Another round of reloading is about to commence in Lexington for Kentucky head coach John Calipari.

As college basketball fans wake up to the news of North Carolina winning their sixth national championship, mixed in the clutter of the title game coverage will be the news of United Kingdom men's basketball's latest one-and-done player heading to the NBA draft. "With Malik (Monk) you're talking about a superior athlete with skills and an ability to score that make him truly unique".

"Throughout the season they helped me grow as a player and as a person", the statement read. "Although the season didn't end like we wanted it to, you gave me memories that will last a lifetime". "He became an efficient player who I believe will make an immediate impact at the next level". He also had a career-high 39 points - the highest scoring total by a freshman in NCAA Tournament history - in the Wildcats' Sweet 16 victory over UCLA. He averaged 16.7 points, 4.6 assists and four rebounds per game during his only season at Kentucky.

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He made The Associated Press' and SEC coaches All-Southeastern Conference first team and earned Most Valuable Player honors at last month's SEC Tournament.

Fox is projected to be at least a top-10 pick in the June 22 NBA Draft. The draft combine is slated for May 9-14 in Chicago.

Most mock drafts have Fox going in the top seven; one has him listed at No. 4 to Orlando, in a guard-rich crop of prospects.

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Of the 18 players in the Calipari era who declared for the NBA Draft after one season at Kentucky, all 18 were drafted in the first round.

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