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Getting to know the 2020 class: Terrence Clarke

Terrence Clarke is the highest-ranked Wildcat of the 2020 class.

Terrence Clarke Announces Attendance at University of Kentucky Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Terrence Clarke committed to the Kentucky Wildcats back on September 14th of 2019. He was a high school junior at the time and a top five prospect in the 2021 recruiting class.

Not long after pulling the trigger for the Cats, Clarke made it known that he intended to reclassify to be a part of the 2020 recruiting class.

Once the reclassification happened, Clarke vaulted up the rankings for his new class, making it all the way up to No. 4 according to 247 Sports Composite. With that ranking, Clarke is the top recruit coming into the 2020 season (BJ Boston is right behind him at No. 7).

Not everything was smooth sailing, however, as the G-League made a large contract offer to Clarke, but he opted to stick with his pledge to rock Kentucky blue.

Clarke is John Calipari’s first top five recruiting prospect since Skal Labissiere back in 2015.

Tale of the Tape

  • Position: Shooting Guard
  • National Rank: #4
  • Position Rank: #1
  • Height: 6’7
  • Weight: 185 lbs

Outlook: Clarke is a prototypical John Calipari guard. He is long, athletic, can play multiple positions, he can create his own shot in multiple ways, and has the potential to be an elite player on defense.

He has the potential to be the number one pick in the 2021 NBA Draft if he can showcase the ability to hit jumpers at a consistent clip. Clarke’s strengths are his height and his ability to drive to the basketb utilizing surprising control.

Clarke is going to be bigger than most of the players at his position and therefore has an immediate advantage over defenders. If his jumpshot is consistent, he will be extremely hard to guard as he will be able to rise above the defender as well as take him off the dribble.

Most players of his height aren’t as quick with the dribble as some smaller players but Clarke is an exception to that. He’s quick for 6’7 and has a very good handle. His combination of speed and size make him the real deal and potentially the best player on a very talented team.

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