Another blue chip prospect has been added to the 2017 NBA Draft class, as Kentucky combo guard Malik Monk will make the jump following his freshman year. The school made the announcement on Tuesday.
Monk, 19, was the SEC Player of the Year for the 2016-17 season. He averaged 19.8 points through 38 games on 45 percent shooting.
Monk scored 47 points against the national champion North Carolina Tar Heels on Dec. 17. He scored 30 points or more four times, including 33 against Florida, who made the Elite Eight.
Listed at 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, Monk is know as an outside shooter. He attmped 6.9 three-pointers per game for the Wildcats this season and shot 39.7 percent.
The 2017 class is loaded with talented guards. Monk is part of a large group of talent that includes Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, Dennis Smith, Jr. and his Kentucky teammate De'Aaron Fox.
Monk is currently projected by DraftExpress.com to go fifth overall behind Fultz, Ball and forwards Josh Jackson of Kansas and Jayson Tatum of Duke.