Terps With Early Interest in Clark

Everyone who follows Atlantic Coast Conference and Washington area hoops is familiar with Marcus Ginyard, the former Bishop O'Connell star who played a significant role for North Carolina last season as a freshman. Well, it appears O'Connell has a similar prospect coming up the pipeline in 6-foot-3 rising junior Jason Clark.

Though noticeably smaller than the well-built, 6-foot-5 Ginyard, Jason Clark has similar strengths. Just ask his summer-league coach, who happens to be Ginyard’s older brother.

“One of the things we like about him most is that he’s very versatile. He’s a decent shooter and can become a very good shooter, he’s a very good ballhandler, he can break his guy down and get to the rim, he rebounds well, and he’s very good in the open floor,” says Ron Ginyard.

“They’re similar in the fact that they’re very skilled in multiple areas. The one thing that my brother has that Jason doesn’t have, is strength and explosiveness. And that’s part of his youth in terms of him growing and getting stronger and lifting.”

Earlier this week at The Rock summer league, Clark scored 27 points and clamped down defensively on Pitt recruit Darnell Dodson, leading O’Connell to an easy win over Eleanor Roosevelt of Greenbelt. The wiry wing player – try to picture the build of Juan Dixon as a sophomore at Maryland – couldn’t be kept away from the basket. He scored on a few pull-up jumpers and a variety of athletic finishes at the rim.

He said afterward he’s being recruited by Maryland, Georgetown, Villanova, Florida State and Syracuse, among others. He expects to commit around this time next year, and added that his most important criteria are, “The coaching staff and the players coming in that are going to be around me.”

As a sophomore in the ultra-competitive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference, Clark averaged 16.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 2.7 rebounds. He shot 47 percent from the floor and 81 percent from the line and earned first-team all-conference honors.

He likes Georgetown because the Hoyas, like O’Connell,  play a virtually position-less offense in which every player is asked to do some of everything – thus catering to his versatility. He’s also attracted to Maryland by it’s proximity to his home in Arlington, Va., and the chance to earn immediate playing time.

He’s the classic player who is simply a ‘wing’ – he has all of the abilities a coach wants from a swingman, but because of his versatility cannot be pigeonholed as a shooter, lockdown defender or slasher.

“He can play the point, he can play the two, he can play the three,” Ron Ginyard said. “So, my opinion is that [his position] is really going to depend on what school he’s going to, which system he’s playing in and what they need him to add to their team. And whatever that is, is what he’s going to be able to do.”

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