UK Men's Basketball

Update: Malik Monk continues march up Kentucky’s single-season scoring list

Malik Monk scored 20 of his 27 points in the second half on Tuesday night.
Malik Monk scored 20 of his 27 points in the second half on Tuesday night. cbertram@herald-leader.com

University of Kentucky freshman Malik Monk continued to soar up the Wildcats’ single-season scoring chart with 27 points in Kentucky’s 73-67 victory over Vanderbilt on Tuesday night.

For the second game in a row, a second-half explosion by Monk boosted Kentucky to victory.

Monk scored 30 points in the second half and 33 in the game as Kentucky rallied to defeat Florida on Saturday.

Tuesday night, Monk had seven at halftime and finished with 27.

Tuesday night’s Senior Night performance by the freshman moved Monk past Tony Delk and Cotton Nash and into 14th place on Kentucky’s single-season scoring list.

Monk has scored a team-leading 650 points in 30 games this season, an average of 21.7 per game. He needs eight points to eclipse Brandon Knight and move into 13th place.

Kentucky has one regular-season game remaining — Saturday at Texas A&M — followed by a maximum of three more games in the Southeastern Conference Tournament and a maximum of six in the NCAA Tournament.

If Monk were to continue at his present pace (21.7 points per game) and play a maximum of 10 more games, he would score an additional 217 points, pushing his single-season total to 867.

At 867 points, Monk would finish second on Kentucky’s all-time single-season list, 81 points shy of Dan Issel’s remarkable record of 948 points, which he set as a senior at Kentucky in 1969-70. Issel, who averaged 33.9 points over 28 games that season, is UK’s all-time men’s basketball scoring leader with 2,138 career points.

Here is the updated list of the top 15 single-season scorers in UK history:

Player

Season

Games

Avg.

Points

1. Dan Issel

1969-70

28

33.9

948

2. Jodie Meeks

2008-09

36

23.7

854

3. Jamal Mashburn

1991-92

36

21.3

767

4. Dan Issel

1968-69

28

26.6

746

5. Kevin Grevey

1974-75

31

23.5

730

6. Ron Mercer

1996-97

40

18.1

725

7. Kenny Walker

1985-86

36

20.0

721

8. Jamal Murray

2015-16

36

20.0

720

9. Jamal Mashburn

1992-93

34

21.0

714

10. Kenny Walker

1984-85

31

22.9

710

11. Alex Groza

1948-49

34

20.5

698

12. Cliff Hagan

1951-52

32

21.6

692

13. Brandon Knight

2010-11

38

17.3

657

14. Malik Monk

2016-17

30

21.7

650

15. Cotton Nash

1963-64

27

24.0

648

While Issel’s record seems beyond reach, the freshman record set by the bow-and-arrow-slinging Jamal Murray last season could be an achievable target for Monk.

Here are the top five single-season scoring seasons by UK freshmen:

Player

Season

Games

Avg.

Points

1. Jamal Murray

2015-16

36

20.0

720

2. Brandon Knight

2010-11

38

17.3

657

3. Malik Monk

2016-17

30

21.7

650

4. John Wall

2009-10

37

16.6

616

5. Julius Randle

2013-14

40

15.0

599

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