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The 2016-17 college basketball season will be the Year of the Freshmen, featuring what could be the best class weve ever seen. Over the next two weeks we will get familiar with the best of the best, examining who they are and where each of the top 10 prospects in the 2016 ESPN 100 came from.Read more: No. 10 Dukes Frank Jackson | No. 9 Kentuckys Malik Monk No. 8 Michigan States Miles Bridges | No. 7 Washingtons Markelle Fultz No. 6 Kentuckys DeAaron Fox | No. 5 Kentuckys Bam Adebayo No. 4 UCLAs Lonzo Ball | No. 3 Dukes Jayson Tatum No. 2 Kansas Josh Jackson | No. 1 Dukes Harry GilesLEXINGTON, Ky. -- Before his slams in Kentuckys Blue-White scrimmage in late October went viral, Malik Monk nearly dunked a high lob from Dominique Hawkins during an offseason pickup game at the Joe Craft Center.He had flushed other alley-oops. But Hawkins threw the one Monk missed near the top of the backboard.And Monk, ranked ninth in the 2016 incoming class by, still got a hand on it.Folks in the gym gasped or oohed because they knew Monk -- and Monk alone -- had a chance to finish.I think I always was able to jump higher than everybody, Monk said. Yeah, its crazy. Since I can remember back, I was jumping higher than everybody.This season, the athletic wing will take?Jamal Murrays slot as Kentuckys offensive catalyst. The state of Arkansas first top-10 prospect since ESPNs database began in 2007 could lead the nations most talented recruiting class in scoring and highlights. Monk is strong and graceful. He can hit the 3-ball, and hes a problem for opponents on a fast break.I remember there was this one time where he drove from the left side and he, like, shifted his body midair and got to the other side of the rim, and I dont know how he laid it in, but he, like, shifted his body a crazy way and he laid the ball in on the other side of the glass, said Jake Scoggins, an Arkansas State freshman and Monks former AAU teammate with the Arkansas Wings.And Monk should be at Arkansas, if you believe the disgruntled members of the Razorbacks fan base who urged the Lepanto, Arkansas, native to boost a program with one NCAA tournament appearance since 2008.Despite the pleas for Monk to stay home, he felt free to make his own choice, he said.His brother, Marcus Monk, the states Mr. Basketball in 2004, picked Arkansas, where he excelled as a wide receiver with the Razorbacks. Both he and Monks mother, Jackie Monk, tried to protect the teenager from the nastiness of recruiting.We werent expecting [Arkansas fans] to love that he was going to another school, especially Kentucky, Marcus Monk said.The state of Arkansas is full of prideful fans who expect their best talents to stay home, because that has been the trend. Both Barry Switzer and Jerry Jones played for the Razorbacks. Torii Hunter, who did not attend college before his MLB career commenced, built the Torii Hunter Baseball Complex for Arkansas-Pine Bluffs baseball team. Sidney Moncrief led Arkansas to the Final Four in 1978. Corliss Williamson carried the Razorbacks to the national championship in 1994.During the 2014-15 season, Little Rock native?Bobby Portis?earned SEC Player of the Year honors at Arkansas, where he led the program to the NCAA tournament for the first time in seven years before securing a slot in the first round of the 2015 NBA draft.Monk bucked that trend (like former Wildcats star and Little Rock native Archie Goodwin) and picked Kentucky prior to his senior prep season. Thats when everything changed.He had always heard boos from opposing crowds as a standout at Bentonville High School in Bentonville, Arkansas. But the tone grew dark after his commitment to the Wildcats.Jackie Monk worried about her sons safety. He complained when she asked him to stay home at night. She told him to stay off social media.We kept him secluded, she said. I was afraid of him being out.She also held her tongue when fans spewed their anger toward her son. She wanted to scorch the frustrated Twitter users who swore at her son or called him a traitor. It all seemed unfair for a timid person like Monk, who tweeted a thank-you note to his supporters after he made the toughest decision I have made in my life.It was hurtful because they didnt know him as a kid, Jackie Monk said. I shook my head, of course. I wanted to explode as a parent. Every time he caught the ball when he ran up the court, theyd yell Marcus Monk! Marcus Monk! to taunt him. They booed. We told him, Let me and your brother handle it. Let us handle the criticism.Arkansas fans aimed a chunk of their frustration at Marcus Monk, who led the Razorbacks in receiving yards (962) and touchdowns (11) during the 2006 football season. He played 10 games with the Arkansas basketball squad in the 2004-05 campaign and eight more in the?2008-09 season.After bouncing between a few NFL practice squads and playing pro basketball in Germany, he returned to Arkansas and accepted a graduate assistant position with Mike Andersons team for the 2013-14 season.Many Razorbacks fans expected the former Arkansas standout to lead his brother to his alma mater.But Marcus Monk refused to influence his decision. Sure, he had played at Arkansas and enjoyed his experience. He told Malik Monk, however, to do what he desired. Hed give his support either way.His little brother had to consider his career, he told him.I always would tell him when it comes to him picking a school, he has to pick what he feels is the best situation to help him achieve his long-term goal, and thats the only thing that matters, Marcus Monk said. I told him you dont have to go to a school because I went there. ... I wouldve loved to see him [at Arkansas] if it wouldve been the best thing for him, but I think he made the best decision.Added Malik Monk: Him and my mom kept most everybody off of me.In Arkansas, Monk earned the savior tag once Anderson began to recruit him during his freshman season. The Razorbacks needed Monk. That was the attitude as the early signing period approached.To them, Monks choice felt like betrayal.According to popular local radio host Mike Irwin, Monk lost respect throughout a state that will never forgive his choice.He hasnt seen pressure like hes going to see now, Irwin said on air after Monk committed. Hes nobody. He will become nobody to most Razorbacks fans. ... Not only is it an insult that it happened, but he went to the one place that is just unacceptable, which is Im a one-and-done. OK. Stand up two years ago and announce that youre a one-and-done. Do that because you better move because, look, I know how this stuff works. Ive seen it.?Irwins you better move comment preceded a story about his brother-in-law, who picked Baylor football over Arkansas and couldnt find a job for three years once he came home. But his tale represented the anger some Razorbacks fans felt.Within the backlash, former Arkansas star and eight-year NBA veteran Ronnie Brewer tweeted his support for Monk and disappointment with the fan base.Its unfair to place all Arkansas fans in the same pool of disappointment. Monk said an abundance of local supporters congratulated him.But any fan base would hate to see a player of Monks caliber go. Hes a combo guard who could earn all-conference honors in the SEC before he transitions to the next level, likely next summer. Hes the best athlete on one of the nations most athletic rosters. And hes as physically gifted as any player in the country.With his extreme athleticism and shot-making, he makes a lot of difficult shots, Kentucky freshman point guard?DeAaron Fox?said. In transition, its extremely hard to stop him.Kentucky attracts players like Monk because Caliparis record of producing NBA athletes is unmatched. Since his arrival in 2009, 21 Kentucky players have secured first-round slots in the NBA draft.Most programs offered Monk a starring role. Calipari issued a challenge.The alphas accustomed to the constant shower of adoration appreciate a Kentucky pitch that promises a dogfight for minutes and a collective failure if they cant subdue their egos. Thats the key to Kentuckys Avengers-like recruiting classes.Thats the mission that lured Monk.My thing with Malik is, you must respect each shot because youre probably gonna be like Jamal [Murray] and take the most shots on our team, Calipari said. So you must respect that and let the other guys know on this team that you know. So shot selection and other things like that, hes learning and getting better.The young man who lagged on the defensive end in high school has evolved into the teams best off-the-ball defender, per Calipari.He was truthful with Malik, said Jackie Monk, who was amazed by her sons defensive intensity when she watched a recent Kentucky practice. He let him know if youre not physically or mentally ready, dont come. Hes listening and paying attention. [Calipari] wont let him be lazy.Monk speaks with his game. Hes demonstrative on the court but quiet and reserved off the floor. He doesnt trust early or easily.His high school friends said he avoided trouble. Monk said he never had a choice. His mother told him to consider his tomorrows before he made key choices. Teenage girls and parties seemed like distractions, so he avoided them. He preferred to join relatives and friends on the pastures of Lepanto and Bentonville, where hed go mudding, hunting and fishing.With the work hes put in, he deserves to be where hes at, said Scoggins, Monks AAU teammate. Hes a self-made guy. Hes a great teammate.Thats how he soared and earned the right to pick his collegiate destination. Although many Arkansas fans assume their favorite school was locked into a two-team race, Monk said Oregon, Kansas, Arkansas and Kentucky were all in the running for his talents.The day he committed to the Wildcats, Monk said he felt a unique tie to Kentucky. So he and his brother called Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne and told him the five-star recruit would play in Lexington this season.On Jan. 7, Arkansas will face Kentucky in Lexington in the only scheduled matchup between the two schools. Monk wont return to Arkansas this year. But Anderson, the coach who recruited him hard for years, will see the prized recruit he couldnt sign. And that night, some Razorbacks fans will mourn the loss of the best in-state product in years.Malik is a really good kid, Anderson said. Make sure you put that in there.A good kid who made the best decision for him, his family and his future. Daryl Johnston Youth Jersey . The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling "puts an end to my dreams of being a top player," the 27-year-old Troicki said in a statement. "I worked my entire life for it, and it has been taken away from me in one afternoon by a doctor I didnt know," said Troicki, whose ranking peaked at No. Troy Aikman Youth Jersey .com) - Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Roger Federer were easy first-round winners Tuesday at the Australian Open. . Cote was eligible to become a free agent Feb. 15. Cote helped running back Jon Cornish run for a league-high 1,813 rushing yards en route to being named the leagues most outstanding player. Emmitt Smith Cowboys Jersey . -- The Bishops Gaiters are showing they belong among the countrys top varsity football teams. Charles Haley Jersey . -- The proud fathers huddled near the Dallas Stars dressing room, smiling, laughing and telling stories while wearing replica green sweaters of their sons team. Trent Boult bristled when he was reminded of the back niggle that kept him out for a part of last years international action.What injury? was his response, when asked if he considered himself to be back at his best. Then, he brushed it off as something confined to ancient history, not a mere 12 months ago, and insisted it had no impact on the speeds he was bowling.In Zimbabwe, Boult averaged in the late 120s. Perhaps what he could not say was that the surfaces and the opposition - unresponsive and inexperienced - did not require him to bend his back. Perhaps he knew he needed to save that for South Africa. And he has.Be it the natural progression that comes with recovery, or a conscious effort to be more clinical, Boult was just as difficult to get away and more dangerous in Durban. His first two spells cost just 18 runs and yielded two wickets, both off good deliveries and not poor shots, and it was only in the third spell, when he searched for reverse swing that things became a little untidy.More notable was the fact that he was quicker than he was in Bulawayo - with an average speed of 134 kph and hitting 141.5 kph for the days fastest ball - and he continued to find late movement, forcing the batsmen to pay full attention to every ball. Trent bowled really well to start, and that set the day up for us. He looked like he was in great rhythm, Neil Wagner said.Boult got rid of two of South Africas most assured batsmen - opener Stephen Cook and Hashim Amla - and bored their way into a still-fragile middle-order, which could not ride out pressure for long enough to post substantial scores. Fortunately for New Zealands other bowlers, they did not need to emulate Boult to get reward. Quite a few of us got out to deliveries in ways that could have been avoidedd, Amla said.dddddddddddd.Dean Elgar, JP Duminy and Quinton de Kock were the guiltiest parties. All three squandered starts with careless strokes, which seemed to be in line with South Africas policy of starting more strongly than they have in the past. Instead of criticising it, Amla examined the merits of the more aggressive approach, while adding that South Africa would need it to pay off before they can completely embrace it.I tried to bat normally. It wasnt a conscious effort to score quickly. If I look at anybody else, they were hitting the half-volleys and cut shots. Thats what you need to do to score runs, Amla said. Someone like Quinny [Quinton de Kock] has been around for three or four years and he is aggressive by nature. He plays that way. He got a quick 30 and had he not got out, we would have been in a good position. As he becomes more experienced, he will work it out. He played exceptionally well to get us some momentum, but, unfortunately, he didnt bat through.Now South Africa find themselves in what Amla has admitted is not a great position, as they look to scrape some runs tomorrow morning, against a New Zealand attack that can see the finish line and understands that it needs to approach it as Boult did on day one. With the wicket having a little bit more bounce here, your margin of error was a little smaller in Bulawayo, Wagner said. As a bowler, you can get a little bit carried away here, but I thought everybody bowled exceptionally well in partnerships today. We are pretty happy with where we are, but we know we still need to get two crucial wickets tomorrow and then go in with the bat and apply ourselves. ' ' '

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