Despite the live recruiting periods being put on hold, it has still been a very eventful time for a Kentucky target.
Skyy Clark, who is currently ranked as the No. 18 overall player in the 2022 class and is the No. 1 overall combo guard, made the anticipated move from Los Angeles to Nashville with his family earlier this month.
Clark is going to finish his high school career at Brentwood Academy, but even though he hasn’t been able to play in the Nike circuit due to the coronavirus, Clark is still getting in reps on the court, and he’s found some talented players to help him improve during these workouts.
Ben Roberts of Kentucky.com recently caught up with Clark’s father to talk about those workouts and how it is helping him.
Clark has been working out everyday since last Monday with Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Darius Garland, NBA veteran Robert Covington, and former Tennessee Volunteers star Jordan Bone, who is now with the Detroit Pistons.
If everything were normal, Clark would be playing with the Oakland Soldiers on the Nike EYBL. However, since that isn’t possible, he is getting some instruction from those who have already made it to where he wants to be.
As for the recruiting side of things, Clarke continues to pick up scholarship offers despite coaches not being able to see him play as Ohio State, Indiana and Tennessee offered within the last month.
Clark won’t be able to have any contact with the UK coaches until June 15th, but his father is staying in contact with them, and Joel Justus made several trips to California to watch Clark early on.
Back in February, Clark and his family made a trip to Lexington for the Cat’s matchup with the Auburn Tigers that resulted in a 73-66 victory and it was a great experience for them.
“The way they gave him their attention — they took real time out to let him ask questions, they asked him questions and just filled him in on the history of Kentucky and what Kentucky is all about,” Kenny Clark said of the UK coaches. “Obviously, we went to the Auburn game. And that was lights out phenomenal. We sat literally right behind the bench, so we felt like we were in the game. It was a good thing for Skyy to see Coach Cal, hear Coach Cal’s interactions with the players, how the players work, and how things work on the bench and everything. He said he felt like he was a part of the game without stepping foot on the floor.”
Aside from the game, John Calipari took the time to meet with Clark, which was the first time that the rising star had talked to Coach Cal.
“He was surprised that Coach Cal was so cool and personable,” Clark’s dad said. “He hasn’t been on many visits or met many coaches, but somebody of Coach Cal’s caliber, you’re kind of shocked when they’re that cool and personable. He looks you in your eye when you’re talking. He’s funny. He’s charismatic.”
The Clark family has always been high on UK and their trip to Lexington in February only made their feelings higher, and they got their first sense of what the BBN is like.
“Oh, yeah, it’s all blue and white over there. And those fans are real fans,” Kenny Clark said. “They knew who Skyy was. Even walking through the game, through the arena and everything — they wanted to take pictures with him. They know Kentucky basketball. It was a great town.”
As a sophomore, Clark averaged 25.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.5 steals per game. He has also been rumored as a potentially moving from 2022 to 2021. However, he doesn’t turn 17 until late July so he would be one of the youngest players in the 2021 class or one of the older players if he decides to stay in 2022.
Regardless of what class Clark ends up in, he will be a high priority recruit for the Kentucky Wildcats and hopefully when its time for him to play college ball he does so in Lexington.