SULLIVAN: UK Staff watching Clark at ABCD

Earl Clark can be a little like a roller coaster on the basketball court, but the ultra versatile 6-8 swing guard/forward has as much potential as any player here at the Reebok ABCD Camp this week.

Clark, who looked sharp in the afternoon session and a bit more pedestrian in the nightcap at ABCD, said that his list remains relatively unchanged this summer.

"Villanova is still my leader," the Rahway (N.J.) product said. "I have a good relationship with Coach Wright and I feel he can produce great guards."

In addition to Jay Wright's Wildcat program, Clark is also still actively considering Seton Hall, Rutgers, Louisville and Kentucky. The question for Kentucky fans is whether Clark is impressive enough this summer to interest Tubby Smith and his staff. The next 30 days will determine whether Kentucky becomes more involved in Clark's recruiting process. The Kentucky program did have a member of its staff on hand at yesterday's Reebok ABCD camp in Teaneck, New Jersey to evaluate Clark and others at the event.

Many of the coaches from those programs monitored Clark closely on Wednesday at the ABCD Camp. He scored 12 points and registered some dazzling assists in the afternoon set, sparking his Cavs' squad to a 57-52 victory over the Clippers.

In the nightcap, a 65-47 Cavs' loss to the Jazz, he forced quite a few shots. Clark finished with five points on just two of 11 shooting from the floor, relying far too much on his inconsistent (at best) perimeter stroke.

"I am trying to be competitive, win games and show people I can play at this level," Clark said.

Clark had his national "coming out" party at the 2004 ABCD Camp, where he was selected to the underclassman all-star game. If he continues to play well and showcase his diverse talent, it's highly conceivable that he'll merit selection to the 2005 senior version.

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