On September 14th, five-star shooting guard Terrence Clarke will announce his decision. The prevailing thought that once he does that it’s just a matter of time before he announces his intentions to reclassify to the class of 2020.
Clarke is ranked as the third-best prospect in the 2021 class and the top-rated shooting guard. And the majority of the experts believe that his landing spot will be in Lexington. The 24/7 crystal ball is 100% for the Kentucky Wildcats.
So, what kind of player will John Calipari be getting if Clarke does commit? He’s a 6’7, 185 pounder with athleticism to spare. Even though he’s a junior, he is considered one of the best high school basketball players in the country, and some consider him as one of the best that they’ve seen in a while.
When asked about the top five high school players in the country, Rivals recruiting experts Corey Evans and Dan McDonald said they’d pick Clarke as one of the five best players in all of high school hoops. McDonald went as far as to rank Clarke as the second-best player behind only Emoni Bates.
Jerry Meyers of 247 compares Clarke to Joshua Jackson and breaks down his play:
Has a long, wiry physique for a shooting guard with quality athleticism. Can be explosive but also has tremendous body control. His court vision and feel for the game are off the charts. Tremendous passer. Good ball handler who loves to go left and utilizes changes of speed. Can score in multiple ways. Jump shot is consistently improving. Plays with energy and comes up with loose balls and rebounds outside his area. Also is a multi positional defender. A potential No.1 pick in the draft.
Meyer, who has been around high school and college basketball as long as anyone, didn’t stop there. He told Cats Pause that Clarke is one of the best shooting guards that he has ever scouted.
On Saturday, we will know where the super talented high schooler will attend college.
As a side note: I did a podcast with KSR’s recruiting expert Jack Pilgrim and he emphasized that the Evan Daniels report that Jalen Green and Josh Christopher will look elsewhere if Clarke commits to UK is fake news being spewed from Memphis’ Mike Miller. Miller has been telling everyone that Green is a lock to Memphis and that couldn’t be further from the truth.
Green’s father spoke to Pilgrim and reiterated that the recruitment is still open and UK is still heavily in the mix as long as Green is still a priority for them. And he wasn’t happy with the Evan Daniels story.
I’m not saying that Green and Christopher will end up at UK, but the notion that they are out of the running based upon Clarke’s decision is completely bogus. At Clarke’s size he would fit more as a small forward/wing whereas Green (6-5) and Christopher (6-5) are true combo guards.
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