Status: UK target
Combo guard | 6-2 | 200
School: Brentwood Academy
Clark was the first high school player to land a scholarship offer from Kentucky amid the recruiting shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, and he’s the rare prospect to receive a UK offer despite John Calipari never having seen him play in person.
That speaks to both Clark’s skill level and his personality. The versatile combo guard continues to prove himself on the court, and he’s also shown leadership abilities outside of basketball with his involvement in civic issues in his new hometown of Nashville.
Clark and his family moved from the Los Angeles area to Tennessee after his sophomore year of high school, and that will put him closer to Lexington, where he’s planning to take more visits in the near future following his initial trip to UK in February.
A standout perimeter scorer, shooter and ball-handler, Clark has repeatedly said he would be fine sharing a college backcourt with another highly touted point guard and has specifically pointed to Calipari’s track record with multiple-guard lineups. Kentucky had been seen as the major favorite for Clark’s eventual commitment, though North Carolina has also emerged as a potential frontrunner. He’ll make a college commitment on Oct. 22, and he’s leaving open the possibility of a reclassification to 2021.
Clark averaged 25.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.5 steals per game as a sophomore in California despite facing double-team situations on a consistent basis. He led his team to a 26-5 record and was named a third-team sophomore all-American by MaxPreps.com.
“He’s a scorer. This is a kid that just knows how to put the ball in the basket. He’s more of a ‘2’ guard/combo guard than a primary ball handler, just because of his ability to put the ball in the basket. He can break guys down off the dribble. He can create space. And he can pull up and make tough shots, both from mid-range and three. He’s one of the best scorers that I’ve seen in that class so far.”
-Recruiting analyst Evan Daniels