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Skyy Clark not considering decommitment; will team up with top UK target Jalen Duren

Clark said he talks with the new staff regularly.

Skyy Clark. Jalen Duren. Getty Images

With the departure of former Kentucky Wildcats assistant Joel Justus to Arizona State, that left a big question mark as to what the future holds for Kentucky’s lone 2022 commit, Skyy Clark.

Clark was a Justus recruit and had built a solid relationship with the now Sun Devils assistant, that there was some worry as to whether Clark would decommit from Kentucky with Justus no longer there.

Clark’s father, Kenny Clark, spoke with Kentucky Sports Radio on the matter.

“It just picked back up. Coach Chin and Coach O, they’re hitting us up like every day. It’s going great,” Clark said. “… They’re great dudes. Great energy, funny, great personalities.”

Assistant coaches Orlando Antigua and Chin Coleman have picked up recruiting and building that relationship back with Skyy Clark, according to his father. John Calipari is still in regular contact with Skyy, texting him just last Saturday.

Kenny Clark also told KSR that any reports or thoughts of his son possibly decommitting are not true. With TyTy Washington possibly being one and done while Kentucky potentially adds a transfer point guard who may be a one-year guy as well, the 2022-23 backcourt could be Clark’s to take over as soon as he arrives on campus.

Keeping Skyy Clark committed for 2022 might be the biggest recruiting win for the Class of 2022 If the new assistants can pull it off.

While Kentucky hopes Clark remains committed, he did just find a new high school to play his senior season at. On Wednesday, SI’s Jason Jordan reported that Clark would play next season at Montverde Academy. He previously played at Ensworth High School in Nashville (TN) before opting out of his junior season back in January due to COVID-19.

Montverde, located in Florida, is one of the top prep schools in American and routinely produces five-star recruits and future NBA Draft picks.

Oh, and five-star center Jalen Duren, arguably the best recruit in 2022 (currently No. 2 at 247 Sports), currently plays at Montverde. Kentucky has been viewed as one of, if not the top college option for Duren, but he’s also strongly considering the G-League and other pro options instead of one year of high school.

Also, five-star 2022 wing Dariq Whitehead currently plays at Montverde as well. Kentucky has reached out to Whitehead, though no scholarship offer has been extended yet.

“I’ve never played with Jalen, but he’s so dominant and unstoppable,” Clark told Jason Jordan. “I’m excited to be able to play with a guy of his caliber. Same for Dariq, Jalen Hood-Schifino, Justice Williams and the other guys. I’ve built great relationships with those guys through USA Basketball and IG so out chemistry will be strong.”

Of course, having Clark in the ears of Whitehead and Duren will only help Kentucky’s chances so long as Clark remains a Wildcat.

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