Stuart Clarke drawing interest

Stuart Clarke, a 6-foot-2 rising senior guard from Baltimore, will be a name to keep an eye on this coming season.

Clarke, who is playing with the D.C. Blue Devils AAU program this summer, will be at Friendship Collegiate Academy in the District this coming season after transferring from New Town in Baltimore. In addition to raising his grades, Clarke wants to gain more exposure at Friendship. Yet it was at New Town, which plays in Maryland's smallest classification, where his current favorite school—Washington State—found him.

"Sort of out of the blue," said Clarke, whose cousin is former Baltimore city legend and Temple star Mark Karcher. "Since then they've been talking to me ever since.

"I love Washington State. I like the Pac 10. It's over on the West Coast. They're showing a lot of interest in me. That's not a bad place to play. So I'm excited about that," he said.

Stanford, Fordham, Kansas, South Florida and UNC-Charlotte are also monitoring him, and he has an offer from Towson.

Clarke sees himself as a point guard in college, but he can also play shooting guard. On the Blue Devils, he shares the backcourt with highly touted 2010 point guard Markel Starks.

"I can bring a lot of toughness, leadership," he said. "I try to lead every team I play on no matter what team it is."

Clarke is a versatile scorer whose strength allows him separate from defenders. He has a reliable 3-point shot that even extends a couple feet outside the arc.

"I got a good scoring ability. I feel like I can score in all different ways, whether it be a jump shot, off the dribble, backdoor cut, something like that," he said.

His best asset, though, might be his defense.

"I think I can lock down a lot of players," Clarke said. "That comes with toughness and attitude—if you've got that, you can stop who you want."

Clarke said a college decision is still some time away, but he has an idea of what he's looking for.

"I'm trying to major in communications and I want to go somewhere where they have a great communications program," he said. "As far as basketball, a team where it's gonna be a team concept. Everybody gets to share the ball, everybody gets to play together."

For now, though, he's just trying to get his name out there. At a recent tournament in Virginia, Charlotte assistant Rob Moxley, assistants from Virginia, Virginia Tech, UMass and others got a look at Clarke and the Blue Devils.

With his play this summer, more schools are sure to enter the picture soon.

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