Monk Ready To Cap Off Career With Tigers’ First State Title

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BENTONVILLE (KFSM) - He's been the one player every eye in the state of Arkansas  has been watching and Friday night will be the last time Malik Monk takes the floor in a Bentonville uniform.

"Just my season here has been great," Monk said. "My three years here have been great. I'm just thankful to be here, and I just want to come out with a bang Friday, and able to win a last game."

The guard has no doubtedly progressed in his three years with the Tigers. In his senior campaign, he’s pouring in nearly 30-points a game.

"He's continued to improve in a lot of areas that people don't see, like leadership," Bentonville coach Jason McMahan said. "We think the best is yet to come in his last game, the state finals."

Monk has helped the Tiger basketball program gain national attention during his time. But, before the McDonald’s All-American heads to Kentucky, he'll have a chance to do something no one else has accomplished on the court. That’s bring Bentonville a state title.

"Bringing it home will be great for Bentonville school and the city because it's the first ever to be here. I think we have a great chance of doing it. If we come out execute the practice plans, and the game play we'll do it," Monk said.

"It would be legendary," senior forward Tyler Robinson said. "I know it's something I really want to do here at Bentonville. It would just be legendary."

The Tigers were close to winning it all a season ago, but fell just short in the state finals with a 66-59 loss to North Little Rock. With minutes left to go, the Tigers had a lead, but gave that up, and their chance at a title.

"I think we have a lot of experience based on last year's final that will help us be ready to understand the expectation of what happens when you do win you get a ring and a banner, when you don't win it's nothing," McMahan said.

Bentonville will face Cabot Friday at 8:45 p.m. in Hot Springs with a chance to earn that ring and championship banner.

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