Terrence Clarke is one of the best in high school hoops, and regardless of what class he’s in, he’ll likely be a top-five recruit who’s in contention for the top spot.
For now, Clarke is the No. 3 overall player in the Class of 2021, according to 247 Sports composite, which measures all of the major recruiting rankings. However, the buzz for the Brewster Academy (NH) product moving into 2020 continues to grow, and it looks like Kentucky is in the best shape for him.
Over at 247 Sports, recruiting gurus Jerry Meyer and Andrew Slater have logged predictions this week for Kentucky to land Clarke. At Rivals, recruiting ace Corey Evans has also logged a prediction for Clarke to become a Wildcat.
Now, Clarke making a move into the 2020 class is by no means a done deal. The 6-6, 175-pound wing is a true junior who essentially needs to get four years of high school work completed in three years, so he’s going to be very busy over the next year as he gets his academics in order.
Even if Clarke is able to reclassify, he may not get it done until late into the summer of 2020, so we could be a ways off from a commitment.
That actually could be a good thing for Kentucky, who is also in the mix for top-10 recruits Jalen Green and Josh Christopher to pair with Brandon Boston, another top-10 recruit who has already committed to the Wildcats.
Green is expected to decide on Dec. 25, while Christopher is looking more likely to make a spring decision. So by the time Clarke may decide where he wants to go and in what class, Kentucky should know what Green and Christopher will do.
While Kentucky would love to have all four guys, it’s very hard to see that coming to fruition, especially with the potential for guys like Immanuel Quickley, Johnny Juzang and Keion Brooks to return for the 2020-21 season. That’s simply too many mouths to feed, but I doubt that will keep John Calipari from trying to make it happen.
There’s also a growing belief that Kentucky and Memphis are the top two schools for both Green and Clarke, so it could become a situation where the two schools split for these two elite recruits.
However, Duke is also in the mix for Clarke, so there’s still a chance Kentucky could miss on him and Clarke. But seeing as how several prominent analysts are picking the Wildcats for Clarke, it seems there’s a good chance that Kentucky ends its drought of not landing a top-five recruit since 2016.
Even if Clarke stays in 2021, it would still be a massive pickup for Kentucky, especially since most of the current roster will likely be in the pros or graduated by then.