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Skyy Clark to announce top 3 on Thursday; UNC still gaining steam

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A battle of blue bloods for this elite guard.

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It would appear the recruiting process for Skyy Clark is winding down.

Today, Clark announced he would reveal his top three schools Thursday. Earlier this week, Clark said he’s taking a break from interviews as he tires to make a decision on where he’ll attend college.

Clark, a 6-3, 200-pound combo guard from Brentwood Academy in Tennessee, is ranked 15th nationally by 247 Sports Composite. He holds offers from Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, UCLA, Michigan, Indiana, Arizona and Oregon among others.

Kentucky had been seen as the heavy favorite in this recruitment up until last week when Rivals recruiting expert Corey Evans changed his prediction to North Carolina. Evans said today that North Carolina is who he believes is the favorite for Clark.

Earlier this week, Evans said he thinks Kentucky gets one of Clark or Hunter Sallis and were still favored for Clark, so the fact he’s now saying North Carolina is the favorite is notable. Clark is still a 2022 recruit, but the smart money is on him being part of the 2021 class before it’s all said and done.

So even if Kentucky was the favorite for Clark, he probably doesn’t want to share a backcourt with Sallis when Kentucky already has Nolan Hickman and could have a sophomore Devin Askew for 2021-22. It’s also unclear if Clark or Sallis is higher on Kentucky’s big board for 2021 (Sallis is ranked eighth nationally FWIW).

Missing on Clark would be a tough blow if it comes to pass, especially with 2021 guard Jaden Hardy also trending away from Kentucky. And it would just about make Sallis a must-get in 2021 unless other options emerge.

While Kentucky’s point guard for 2021-22 could be set if Askew returns, he’s been impressing in summer workouts and even appeared on a recent 2021 NBA Mock Draft.

It’s also unclear when a decision could come from Sallis, whereas Clark should be committing fairly soon.

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