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Here’s a quick look at Malik Monk, the Hornets’ top draft pick of 2017

Malik Monk, the Charlotte Hornets’ top pick in the 2017 NBA draft, was tabbed as the best shooter in this year’s draft, and he also showed explosive athleticism at Kentucky.
Malik Monk, the Charlotte Hornets’ top pick in the 2017 NBA draft, was tabbed as the best shooter in this year’s draft, and he also showed explosive athleticism at Kentucky. AP

Round 1, Pick 11: Malik Monk

Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 200

Position: Guard

College: Kentucky

What he offers: Monk was tabbed as the best shooter in this year’s draft, and he also showed explosive athleticism at Kentucky. He can make an immediate impact as the scoring guard the Hornets desperately needed, either as a starter or a sixth man on a depleted bench.

Kentucky freshman Malik Monk was named a second-team Associated Press All-American on Tuesday. He is Kentucky's eighth consensus All-American in the Calipari era.

Worth mentioning: At 6-foot-3, Monk doesn’t have ideal size as a shooting guard to play alongside 6-1 point guard Kemba Walker. But Monk is rangy and has the athleticism to compete on the defensive end, even if offense will likely always be his calling card.

Bet you didn’t know: Monk’s brother, Marcus, was drafted by Chicago in the 2008 NFL draft. He signed with Carolina in 2009 but was waived four months later.

Quote: “I’m trying to be rookie of the year, get to the rookie game and All-Star Weekend. It’s a lot of goals I’m going to set.” - Monk on his goals for his rookie season.

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