Malik Monk tore it up for Kentucky on Tuesday night against Michigan State. After the game, a young reporter asked John Calipari how the freshman stacks up with his best one-and-dones.
During his post-game press conference, Calipari fielded a question from a Sports Illustrated For Kids reporter, who asked how Monk compares to some of the other great Kentucky question. Calipari flipped the question on him, and he said he thinks he is better than Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Eric Bledsoe, and Jamal Murray, not as good as Boogie Cousins or Anthony Davis, and comparable to John Wall.
He wasn't done with Calipari after the back-and-forth however, and pressed the Kentucky coach for a bit more on Monk's performance. To his credit, he got a pretty detailed answer on the things that Monk needs to work on.
It's probably a bit early for the comparisons that Calipari brought up there, but Monk was fantastic in No. 2 Kentucky's 69-48 win over No. 13 Michigan State at Madison Square Garden. He led all scorers with 23 on 8-of-17 shooting, hitting 7-of-11 shots from three-point range. In three games this season, Monk is averaging 16.3 points per game. Kentucky is 3-0, and could move up to No. 1 in the country next week, with Duke's loss to Kansas on Tuesday night.