Clark Will Step Into Favorable Position

<b>North Bridgton, ME --</b> Any recruit that commits to a school before even taking a visit to the campus has to have a good feel of what he's getting into, and that was exactly the case for Bridgton (Maine) Academy swing man Rahshon Clark. Iowa State locked up a verbal from the 6-foot-6, 180-pounder this spring, and is now in the process of signing on for the freshman class of 2004.

The Cyclones have received a signed national letter-of-intent from Rahshon Clark, but now is waiting for the signatures of his parents, before considering him an official member of the Cyclone program.

"It feels really good to sign with Iowa State and knowing that I accomplished what I wanted to," said Clark shortly after faxing his letter to ISU coaches Wednesday morning. "I really like the staff, everyone is nice and I'm comfortable there. It feels like home and that's where I want to be, so I committed early."

Clark actually became the first recruit to give a verbal commitment to new head coach Wayne Morgan, doing so despite not having visited the campus.

The Farrockaway, N.Y., native, who picked the Cyclones over Richmond, Kent State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and St. John's, indicated he'll take his official visit after taking his SAT.

Prior to his breakout summer campaign on the AAU and all-star circuits, Clark starred at Beach Channel High School in Farrockaway. He pointed to his summer experience as being vital for his chances as a college prospect, and the level of attention he received from ISU.

"Over the summer I was able to work on my ball-handling, shooting, defense, and being able to try to lead the team on. It was the basic things," he said. "As soon as Coach Morgan came in, they started recruiting me hard. Coach Q was my main recruiter. He is very cool and very nice. He tried to push me in the right direction. He's just a nice guy."

Clark is described as a slasher and projects as a three man in the Cyclones' system. He will step into a favorable situation at ISU next fall, since senior Marcus Jefferson is the only player at that position for this season.

"It's a good time to be coming in and hopefully I can start," he said. "But if I don't, then I know I'll have a chance to play. I just want to win, basically. The rest will take care of itself."

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