Clarke Shines on the Court, Talks Timeline

HYATTSVILLE, Md.--Some of the top players in the country were invited to the Ty Lawson and Victor Oladipo All-American Camp at DeMatha Catholic High School this week, and none have been more impressive than Virginia Beach (Va.) Cape Henry 2015 combo forward Chris Clarke.

Some of the top players in the country were invited to the Ty Lawson and Victor Oladipo All-American Camp at DeMatha Catholic High School this week, and none have been more impressive than Virginia Beach (Va.) Cape Henry 2015 combo forward Chris Clarke.

“There is a lot of great talent out here and I am just looking to compete. It is a great challenge,” Clarke said. “I just want to play against the best and take advantage of the competition, so I am going hard every time I am out there.”

The 6-foot-5, 180-pounder isn’t just talk. Clarke plays with intensity on both ends of the court, and his aggressive style has caught the attention of a number of college coaches. He currently holds offers from Tennessee, Maryland, Creighton, Iowa State, Kansas State, Virginia Commonwealth, Minnesota, Virginia Tech.

“Coaches tell me they like my versatility on offense and defense,” Clarke said. “They also like my I.Q. because I don’t make many mistakes.”

Out of all those schools that have offered, Clarke said there are a handful coming after him the hardest.

“Virginia Tech, East Carolina, Creighton, and Minnesota are the ones coming after me the most,” Clarke said. “I haven’t really thought about a decision yet though.”

Clarke has already taken a few unofficials, including a trip to Blacksburg last month, and Hokies head coach Buzz Williams arrived at camp just in time to see Clarke pour 20 points and hull in five rebounds in his game Thursday morning,

“I went on an unofficial to Virginia Tech about a month ago, it was just a great experience. I saw the campus and met some of the team,” Clarke said. “I got to meet the coaching staff, which was good because they are all new so I didn’t know them that well yet.”

The Cape Henry (Va.) standout said he will try to narrow his list down toward the end of the summer, however, he still hopes to squeeze in a few more visits before then. One of the places Clarke would like to visit is Minnesota. The versatile wing has developed a strong rapport with head coach Richard Pitino, who attended both of his games on Wednesday and Thursday.

“I have a pretty good relationship with coach [Richard] Pitino, we talk a lot,” said Clarke, who is playing n the same camp team as another Minnesota target, Kevin Dorsey. “I want to go visit there, but I am not sure when I am going to get out there yet.”

Clarke said he is also trying to visit Creighton at some point, but he did not have any firm plans for his visit at this point.

“Right now I am just working on my strengths and still trying to improve my jump shot,” Clarke said. “I am attacking the rim, playing defense, really whatever my team needs me to do for us to win.”

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