CHARLOTTE - The Hornets were surprised, and pleased, that Malik Monk was available on draft night and wasted no time selecting the Kentucky shooting guard at No. 11.
They get a confident shooter, and as NBC Charlotte Sports reporter Kelsey Riggs found out, a confident kid.
KELSEY: What has the last 24 hours been like for you?
MALIK: A blur. Everything's been moving fast. I really can't remember what happened last night. It's been fun for me. All my family was in New York. I just enjoyed it. It was a great time.
KELSEY: You heard your name called a little bit later than you thought, but you hear it called, what runs through your head?
MALIK: I've got to prove it to everyone. I was just excited. Super excited. I really just wanted to see my Mom's face anyway. That was the best moment of my life.
And yes he still says he can beat MJ.
Until then- here's a little rapid fire. pic.twitter.com/LFVem1CLhK— Kelsey Riggs (@KelseyRiggsWCNC) June 23, 2017
KELSEY: You talked after the draft about Michael Jordan...
MALIK: Oh yeah, I can beat him.
KELSEY: Did you tell him to his face yet?
MALIK: No, I haven't seen him yet. But when I see him I'm going to tell him.
KELSEY: What makes you so confident you can beat him?
MALIK: Isn't he like 50? He's pretty old now. I think it's my turn.
KELSEY: You're from a small town (Lepanto, Ark), when you think about where you came from and where you are now, do you reflect?
MALIK: When I get back home I think that's what I'm going to do. Nobody where I'm from has ever made it to this stage, has made it this far. I'm thankful I can give the kids hope.
KELSEY: Who has had the biggest impact on my life?
MALIK: My brother (Marcus). He travels with me everywhere I go. He goes wherever I go. He helps me through everyday life.