Notebook: Monkish habits

Malik Monk clearly became a top story to emerge from last weekend's live evaluation period. We ruminate on his dazzling play and other topics in this week's feature.

Malik Monk's 59-point performance by the numbers

On Sunday, 2016 Arkansas Wings shooting guard Malik Monk put together what will almost assuredly be a candidate for most impressive single game performance during the 2014 AAU season, scoring 59 points in a double overtime loss to All-Ohio Red.

Here's a deeper look at Monk's performance, by the numbers:

2 - Turnovers by Monk in the game

5 - Two-point field goals Monk had, accounting for just 10 of his 59 points.

8 - Rebounds total by Monk, proving he did more than just score

10 - Three-pointers Monk made out of 18 attempts

19 - Free throws by Monk in the game; he missed only four

59 -Total points

— Josh Gershon

Derrick Jones Dilemma

One of the more interesting and potentially divisive prospects in the class of 2015 is Derrick Jones. At nearly 6-foot-7 with long arms and elite, elite athleticism, Jones has every single physical tool you can imagine for a basketball player. He is the prototype wing that NBA GM's look for, but he is also lacking skill and a high motor. Because of that there is no way to know exactly what you are getting game to game with Jones.

His production doesn't yet match his potential, but the same was said of a player such as Andre Iguodala when he was coming out, and he is going to make well north of 100 million dollars in his NBA career. After seeing Jones again this weekend he has the look of a kid who will either be boom or bust. If it all comes together for him, he looks like an NBA player for a decade, but if it doesn't, he could be a kid you see on a transfer list following his freshman year where he barely sees the court.

Players like Jones can be the toughest to project because some get it and others just never do. How his recruitment and summer plays out will be very interesting to watch.

— Brian Snow

Who emerged in Sacramento?

The only live weekend of April was a success. Some already high-level talents lived up to expectations, while there were a handful of players that raised their stock and likely upped their recruitments.

There were three players — Juwan Morgan, Kenny Williams and Quinndary Weatherspoon — that in my mind helped their stock the most this weekend.

Morgan, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound power forward, is an effortless athlete who plays for Matt Suther's MOKAN Elite team. He runs end-to-end, plays with toughness and energy and looks to dunk everything around the rim. High majors were evaluating him in Sacramento and I expect offers to start rolling in.

Williams was a standout last weekend at the Southern Jam Fest and was a stock raiser in Sacramento as well. A 6-foot-3 guard, Williams is high-level shooter who makes shots from deep and on the move. With a lack of shooters in high school basketball, a premium is being placed on guys who make long distance shots and Williams can certainly do that.

I received a tip on Weatherspoon heading into the weekend, and that tip certainly panned out. At 6-foot-5, Weatherspoon is a skilled guard who makes good decision with the ball, can score slashing to the rim and is a talented passer. Malik Newman was supposed to be with the Tigers and he wasn't, which allowed Weatherspoon to be the man on the team and break out.

— Evan Daniels

Shooting stars among juniors?

The point guard position has been deeply lamented in the Class of 2015, and that situation doesn't necessarily seem to be improving. But this class without question does include wing scorers.

Not only are there elites everyone knows about, such as Malik Newman, but some fresh faces have stepped into the limelight this month. Kenny Williams had a breakthrough last weekend in Sacramento, and I had the pleasure of watching Jimmy Whitt and Wendell Mitchell blow up in Kansas City.

Meanwhile, mid-range scorer and UConn commit Prince Ali is out to a fine start this spring as well. Both Tevin Mack (Pittsburgh) and Dejounte Murray (Sacramento) also impressed their fair share of college coaches last weekend, and Ray Smith (Dallas) is backing up his national pedigree emphatically.

Interestingly, and keeping with the spring's theme, no one apparel circuit dominates the risers. You might assume that the well-publicized EYBL would struggle to produce new names as rising seniors, but Williams is just one example of how that's untrue.

And then, of course, Adidas and Under Armour also have welcomed rising stars under their umbrellas.

— Rob Harrington

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