A young man who was little known inside his own state became one of the nation's fastest-rising players this summer.
After de-committing from Oklahoma last Tuesday, he could very well be a Razorback soon.
Former North Little Rock star Andre Clark (6-10, 205) – who is now at Genesis One Christian Academy in Mendenhall, Miss. - has plans to take both unofficial and official visits to the University of Arkansas soon.
"It was tough de-committing from Oklahoma because they have great coaches and have been very loyal," Clarke said, "but I just have always really liked Arkansas and just needed to check out my options now that it was available to me."
Clarke who shined this summer for the Arkansas Hawks AAU squad while playing small forward, power forward and center, has plans to be at the UA this Friday night on an unofficial visit for the Razorbacks' first practice.
"I was coming on an officlal, but there is an NCAA rule with guys past their senior years that you have to wait until after Oct. 15th," Clarke said. "So I am planning on coming up there this weekend on an unofficial and then they came bring me back in later."
Clark chose Oklahoma when he was ranked a four-star 2007 prospect in July over Kentucky, Indiana and Colorado after all offered the prospect scholarships based on his spectacular play this summer.
Arkansas had interest in him as a 2008 recruit at that time, but had a loaded front line in 2007 and no scholarship after signing his Hawks' teammate Michael Sanchez.
He was unable to get the SAT – thus opening things back up for him and Arkansas, where he has a sister and where his mother visited with Razorback coaches last Saturday.
"This is just the right thing to do," Clark said. "I'll just get up there and take a visit and we'll see how it turns out."
Clark showed the ability to not only score in the post, but a really nice mid-range game and the ability to knock down 3-pointers with ease.
"I really feel like my game improved in every way this summer while playing against great competition," Clark said. "I think God really blessed me and let me take my talent to another level."
When word got out Monday that Clarke had de-committed – something he stood by when Oklahoma coaches visited him over the weekend – he got some calls from schools.
"My original thinking was to just open it up to Arkansas or Oklahoma, but I got a few calls today," Clark said. "I'll just get up to Arkansas, see how things are and make a decision on that."
Clark, who is teammates at Genesis One this season with UA guard commit Terrance Joyner, said his relationship with the new Arkansas coaches is one that is developing.
"They came down here to see me along with Terrance Joyner and I am real impressed with where I think they are going to take the program," Clarke said. "I'm looking forward to getting up there and being around them more when I visit."
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