Clark Playing For Offers

Clayton (NC) High School forward Gary Clark is one of the top players in North Carolina, and he is looking to prove it on the EYBL circuit for the CP3 All-Stars.

An all-state selection, Gary Clark averaged 25.3 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks per game during his junior campaign for Clayton. The 6-foot-7 forward had several huge games, including a 40-point, 14-rebound effort to open the state playoffs.

Now he is lacing them up on the AAU circuit for the CP3 All-Stars, one of the top teams in Nike's EYBL. Clark and CP3 opened play in Los Angeles two weekends ago, finishing 3-1 with Clark averaging 8.8 points and 8.8 rebounds while shooting 42.5% from the field.

He was even better this weekend in Hampton. Clark, who plays power forward or center for CP3, led the team to a 4-1 record, averaging 14.4 points and 7.6 rebounds while shooting a blistering 65% from the field.

"I've played well," said Clark. "I've really tried to dominate on the boards. That's been one of the main things I've been trying to focus on... getting boards and running hard.

"We've played good as a team. I've been pretty impressed with my play. I feel like I'm getting better each time playing on the circuit."

With college coaches looking on, these two tournaments have been pivotal for Clark's recruitment. What is he trying to show the coaches?

"I want to show that as a four I can get out in transition and handle," he said. "I want them to see that I can guard from the two to the five... I can play on the perimeter as well as inside."

Clark already has options. He claims offers from Wake Forest, Clemson, VCU, ODU, UNC-G, Charlotte, UNC-W, and Ole Miss, and he is being evaluated by programs such as Georgetown, NC State, and Virginia Tech among others.

NC State is one of the schools that Clark clearly is hoping to pick up an offer from. The local school, he admits that he grew up a fan of the Wolfpack.

"I would love it [if NC State offered]," said Clark. "I mean, I grew up a Wolfpack fan, my family and stuff. I'd love it if they offered me.

"I went to the game against Wake Forest during the season, and they came to my third round game in the playoffs... that was the only game they came to all year. I saw them watching out in LA... coach Gottfried was out there. They've showed interest, but not as much as I thought they would being that close to home."

Clark added that he is in no hurry to make a decision. He is currently rated a three-star prospect by

NOTE: Clark has picked up offers from Cincinnati, Wichita State, and Pittsburgh since the end of the Hampton EYBL.

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