Earl Clark names two favorites

Chapel Hill, NC -- Louisville recruit Earl Clark named a pair of favorites - both Big East programs - Friday night at the Tournament of Champions. Described as a "triple-double waiting to happen," by his AAU coach, Clark also said he might attend Louisville's summer camp early next month.

Louisville recruit Earl Clark proved Friday night at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions that he can fill a stat sheet.

In a lopsided win over Atlanta's Inner Strength--the game was called with four minutes left to play--Clark posted 9 points, 3 rebounds, one assist, one steal, and six blocked shots.

"He's a triple-double waiting to happen," Playaz coach Jimmy Salmons said.

Playign on one of the top AAU teams in America, the 6-foot-8 Clark, a combination guard/forward, doesn't have to concern himself with posting eye-popping scoring numbers for Salmon's talented New Jersey outfit--not with 6-5 North Carolina commit Wayne Ellington, and 6-4 Duke commit Gerald Henderson filling it up.

Instead, Clark said he's focused on getting his teammates involved on offense, and helping out on the defensive end.

"It's my job to block shots and rebound," Clark said. "This team is so good, I just try to do the dirty work and play hard. My role on this team is all-around. I really don't have a position--I try to round my game out and do everything."

When the subject of his recruitment rolled around, Clark said he currently favored a pair of Big East programs.

"My top two schools right now are Louisville and Villanova," said Clark. "Rutgers and Seton Hall (are also under consideration), but that's all right now. I definitely want to play in the Big East."

Clark said Rick Pitino was the most significant reason for his interest in Louisville. Clark said he might also attend Louisville's summer camp early next month--the same camp that 2005 Louisville signees Andre McGee, Jonathon Huffman, Amir Johnson, and Clarence Holloway attended last summer.

"I'm not sure yet," Clark said of his attendance at Pitino's camp. "But it's something that I plan on doing. It is definitely a possibility."

As for his interest in Villanova - a school not far from his Rahway, New Jersey home - Clark said he liked the overall atmosphere at the Philadelphia catholic school.

"They have great guards," said Clark. "It's love over there, so I'm comfortable with Villanova."

Clark said the most important factor he'll use to pick a school is finding a coach that will allow him to grow - and play through - his mistakes.

"I just want a coach that will let me play," said Clark. "I know I'm going to make some mistakes, and I'm looking for a coach that will let me play through my mistakes. That's it."

Clark said he's not sure when he might make his decision. He will attend the Reebok ABCD camp this July.

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