Keith Clark: Surprise Pick?

Keith Clark admitted that Charlotte was his leader a few weeks back, but the 6-8 Putnam City High (Okla.) standout made his decision - and the 49ers didn't end up getting the commitment.

A month or so ago, Keith Clark admitted that Charlotte was his leader. However, the 6-foot-8, 220-pound rising senior forward at Putnam High (Okla.) has changed his tune and play for Kelvin Sampson at Oklahoma.

"My decision is based on my dream and my family," Clark told OUInsider.com. "I wanted to play college basketball close to my family because I am very close to my family and we are a very close group. I didn't want to go far away to play college basketball and then I grew up always wanting to play for Oklahoma. They have always been my favorite team and Coach (Kelvin) Sampson has made them one of the best teams in the country. When you add everything together, this decision was pretty easy for me."

Clark, No. 31 in the Class of 2006, is the third Top 100 player to commit to Sampson & Co. He joins No. 14 Damion James and No. 38 Scott Reynolds.

Clark is extremely talented, but his attitude and work ethic have been questioned at times. He prefers to do much of his damage from the perimeter, but can also score in the paint. He is one of 18 players to receive an invite to participate in next month's Nike Skills Academy in Oregon.

Clark also considered Charlotte and Florida State.

"I like the future of the program," Clark said. "I have talked to Scottie (Reynolds) a bunch and we have become close. I talk to Damion (James) off and on, and we think that three of us on the same team is really going to be something special, especially with all the other talent that is already at OU."

``This has been a decision that I have been thinking about for a long time," Clark continued. "I have been talking to my family about it and we just feel it is better for me to go ahead and commit to OU because that is where I have always wanted to play anyway."


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