SULLIVAN: Earl Clark likes Tubby, UK, but open

It was just about a year ago when Clark impressed many scouts and coaches with his 37-point performance against Tyrell Biggs, a player who will be a tremendous Big East addition to the Pittsburgh program.

It's been a dream of Earl Clark's to someday play in the National Basketball Association. At 6-foot-8 and 210 pounds, this dynamic point guard from Rahway High School in Rahway, New Jersey will likely make a bundle playing in David Stern's league. But, don't rush him too much. Clark is interested in playing college basketball.

"I would like to play college basketball first," Clark said. "I like a lot of schools. I am open."

Clark, speaking via phone from a tournament in Providence, Rhode Island, listed several high major schools as being of interest to him in his recruiting process. "I like Kentucky a lot," Clark said. "I really like their coach Tubby Smith. I like the way he relates to the players and the system they have."

Earl said he doesn't have a leader right now. The 2006 McDonald's All American candidate also stated he likes Miami of Florida, Georgetown, and Villanova. "I like the city of Miami," Clark said. "I also like the coach there (Frank Haith). I like Villanova because they have done a good job developing their guards. And I grew up a Georgetown fan."

Clark said his list could change too. "I am wide open," he said. "I am just enjoying playing with the Playaz. The players on the team are different but they are all good players and it makes it easier to play with them."

It was just about a year ago when Clark impressed many scouts and coaches with his 37-point performance against Tyrell Biggs, a player who will be a tremendous Big East addition to the Pittsburgh program. "Since then I have become a better shotblocker and rebounder."

But like most players, before he plays college basketball, Clark said he needs to improve. "I want to get stronger," said Clark. "I also want to improve my jumpshot."

If Clark does improve those two areas, there's no doubt he's one of the top ten players in the country.


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