2006 Focus: Earl Clark

Guys that are 6-7 and can handle the ball are a rarity. That's just one reason why Earl Clark will be a big-time recruit in the Class of 2006.

Earl Clark was an unknown on the national circuit – until his performance in July.

The long, 6-7, 210-pound junior point guard – that's right, point guard – displayed his versatility, court vision and ballhandling skills at the ABCD Camp – which in turn got him on numerous schools' recruiting boards.

``I thought I did well and showed coaches I can play at a high level," Clark said. "That was the most exposure I ever had."

Clark, who has drawn comparisons to Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway because of his size and ability to run the point, still needs to work on improving the consistency of his outside shot and his defense.

Clark averaged 13 points, 7 boards and 5 assists per game last season at Rahway High (N.J.), despite missing the first half of the season due to being academically ineligible.

``I was just being lazy," Clark said. "Now I know how important it is and I've raised my GPA to a 2.5"

``Sitting out those games made me grow up a lot," he added. "It made me see which people I could trust because when you're down, some people aren't always there for you. You can see a big difference in people."

Clark said that his top schools at this time are Kentucky, UConn, N.C. State and Georgia.

The biggest factors for Clark will be choosing a program that he feels will develop him and also give him a chance to be the floor leader.

``I want to go somewhere that I'm going to have the ball in my hands," he added.

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