The awards and the All-America honors continue to come in for Malik Monk.
One week after earning a slew of awards, Monk was named a Second Team All-American by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association on Monday. He was one of two freshmen to be named to either the first or second team.
Monk was joined on the second team by junior forward Dillon Brooks (Oregon), junior wing Justin Jackson (North Carolina), sophomore guard Luke Kennard (Duke) and junior forward Johnathan Motley (Baylor).
The NCAA recognizes consensus All-Americans based on four “major” NCAA-recognized All-America teams, and the USBWA is the second of the four entities to release its All-America teams. Monk was named a Second Team All-American by the Sporting News one week earlier. The other two NCAA-recognized All-America teams are from the Associated Press and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Monk has been named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year by the Associated Press, SEC Freshman of the Year and an All-SEC First Team selection by the league’s head coaches and the AP, the USBWA’s District IV Player of the Year and a USBWA All-District IV team selection, a Freshman All-American by Sporting News, a second team All-American by Sporting News, USA Today and College Basketball Talk, and a finalist for the Jerry West Award and John R. Wooden Award.
It’s the third straight season a Wildcat has made one of the USBWA’s All-America teams. Tyler Ulis was named a Second Team All-American by the USBWA last season, and Willie Cauley-Stein made the first team in 2015.
The Wildcats’ leading scorer, Monk is averaging 20.4 points per game and has hit a league-high 95 3-pointers at a 40.3 percent clip. Monk is 28th nationally in scoring and is second among all freshmen. Monk’s 95 3s this year already puts him in a tie for fifth place all-time in UK single-season history and the second most ever by a Wildcat freshman.
Monk broke the Kentucky single-game freshman scoring record on Dec. 17 when he put up 47 points in a win over North Carolina in Las Vegas at the CBS Sports Classic. Two games later, he broke the school record for points by a freshman in a road game when he scored 34 points at Ole Miss. He scored 37 points against Georgia on Jan. 31, marking the second highest single-game point total by a freshman in school history. Against Florida on Feb. 25, Monk led UK to a win by scoring 30 points in the second half, the most by any Wildcat in a single half in the Calipari era.
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