For Gary Clark, the recruitment process proved anything but simple. The 6-7 power forward enjoyed a strong travel circuit this past spring and summer for CP3 — which advanced all the way to the EYBL Finals — but was hindered somewhat by the fact that most college coaches regard him as a 'tweener for the next level.
That said, he still barely missed the cut for the national top 100 due to his production, athleticism and tenacity. Clark is a hard worker who excels in fullcourt settings and overachieves inside, given his thin, relatively undersized height.
He strove relentlessly for every scholarship invitation he received. By mid-summer he'd picked up offers from Miami, Maryland, Clemson, Cincinnati, Wake Forest, Pittsburgh, Wichita State, Ole Miss, ECU, UNC-Greensboro and Charlotte, among others.
And in the late summer he finally added an offer from his dream school: N.C. State. But he wasn't quite ready to pull the trigger and the Wolfpack recently won out for Abdul-Malik Abu, effectively ending their courtship with Clark.
But the Bearcats were happy to provide his future home. Cincinnati hosted him for an official visit last weekend, and Clark was sufficiently convinced to commit to Mick Cronin's program over his other high-major suitors.
"The best decision for my family and for me to play on the next level ... I'll be playing college basketball for the University of Cincinnati," Clark said at a press conference.
Clark will be among the most tracked seniors to suit up in North Carolina this season, and everyone will watch closely to observe whether he can begin to transition into a true combo forward. He projects as a solid, four-year addition to U-C's program either way, but his contributions there will surpass expectations if he can bolster his perimeter abilities.
Cincinnati how holds pledges from Clark and big man Quadri Moore.