Even though there is little to no high school basketball currently being played in the United States, the player ranking train is full speed ahead!
247 Sports released their updated player rankings for the class of 2022, and a familiar Kentucky target climbed way up the list.
Skyy Clark, who was previously listed at 22nd, now finds himself moving up all the way up the list to 13th overall. A pretty considerable leap for the Brentwood (TN) standout who has a very good chance to ultimately end up playing in Lexington. He is now ranked as the third-best combo-guard in the class.
The bump to five-star status comes just a few weeks after John Calipari offered him a scholarship back in June via Zoom. He’s also a five-star recruit ranked 16th overall at Rivals.
Speaking of, Rivals recruiting expert Corey Evans recently dished out some strong praise for Clark, who he believes is the best point guard in all of high school basketball.
“I think Clark is the best PG in high school basketball, honestly,” Evans said, adding, “Clark is special in every which way. He is going to Brentwood Academy and I actually like him more than (Brentwood alum and 2019 No. 5 overall pick) Darius Garland.”
Evans also reiterated he believes Kentucky is in great shape to ultimately land Clark as a 2021 recruit.
“I think Kentucky is in a mighty fine spot. Michigan and UNC are right there too but I foresee him going 21 and to Kentucky whenever things play out as they can and should later in the year.”
To this point, all signs have been pointing to the Cats during the early stages of Clark’s recruitment. 100% of 247 Sports’ Crystal Ball predictions and 100% of Rivals’ FutureCast picks have Kentucky as his eventual landing spot. Obviously, a lot can change for a 2022 prospect, but there are strong indicators that Clark will end up reclassifying and becoming a member of the class of 2021.
Shortly after getting his UK offer, Clark went on the Sources Say Podcast with Jack Pilgrim and Travis Graf. During the interview, he disclosed that he plans to complete the necessary coursework to make the jump if that’s what he decides is best for his future.
“You all are hearing this first — but I’m planning on taking all of my junior and senior year classes this coming year just in case I do reclass up so I’ll be ready, I’m definitely considering it now. Nothing is set in stone yet, but it’s definitely an option.” Clark said on Sources Say.
So, it’s fair to say that the reclassification door is wide open, and at this point, that appears to be the likely option.
Clark went on to say that he’s aiming for a fall decision, possibly November or December. It’s unclear how the uncertainty of college athletics might impact his decision-making timeline.
It will be interesting to see how it plays out for not only Skyy Clark, but all of the other 2021 and 2022 recruits. With no AAU season and variability amongst high school basketball across the country, these will be unprecedented times.
Clark is a strong combo guard who can score in a variety of ways and isn’t afraid to mix it up on defense. From a physical standpoint, moving up a class would not be an issue.
Both coaches and players will have to adapt to this new world and make decisions accordingly.
In the meantime, Skyy Clark is a name that UK fans will want to get really familiar with.
We’ve shown you Skyy Clark’s highlights from open runs against professionals.— Travis Graf (@TravGraf_Rivals) June 15, 2020
This is what he does against competition from the HS and college levels.