Clark: "It's Really Exciting"

Clayton (NC) High School forward Gary Clark has been hoping for an offer from NC State for a long time.

Clayton (NC) High School forward Gary Clark has been hoping for an offer from NC State for a long time.

"I mean, I grew up a Wolfpack fan, my family and stuff," he told Pack Pride in April. "I'd love it if they offered me."

Well, he got his wish, as NC State offered the in-state standout Tuesday morning.

"I've been in contact a lot with coach Rob Moxley, who was wanting to find out where I stood with schools," said Clark. "He wanted to see how important I would make them.

"[Tuesday] morning he said he, 'We're going to go full speed with this thing.' He then said coach Gottfried was going to be getting with me at 5:30 to officially offer me a scholarship."

Clark was able to speak with Gottfried, who confirmed to him that he did have an offer from the Wolfpack.

"We had a great conversation," said Clark. "It went really well. Coach Gottfried was just telling me how I fit into their offense and how I play like forwards they want to have.

"He said they don't recruit big men that can just sit in the paint. They want big men who can shot 15-fooot jumpers, dribble, and pass. he said I fit what they do well, and he's been watching me for a long time. He wants me to be in their class, and he's hoping that I commit soon."

What does the NC State offer mean to Clark?

"It's really exciting," he said. "My whole town... we're all basically NC State fans.

"Growing up in fifth grade a lot of my friends were Wolfpack fans and I kind of joined them. I didn't watch games that much and in middle school our entire team... we all were fans so we started to go to football games and root for State even more."

NC State wasn't the only school to offer on Tuesday. Maryland also extended an offer, and Clark now has double-digit scholarship offers on the table.

"I have offers from [NC] State, Miami, Maryland, Clemson, Cincinnati, Wake Forest, Pittsburgh, Wichita State, Ole Miss, ECU, UNC Greensboro, and Charlotte," said Clark. "I have some others too."

Clark averaged 25.3 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks per game during his junior campaign for Clayton, but has enhanced his reputation with a strong showing on the EYBL Nike Circuit.

He was at his best when it counted the most this past weekend at the Nike Peach Jam, as he led the CP3 All-Stars to the tournament final while battling a nagging ankle injury.

"I know I started off really rocky the first couple of games because I was battling an ankle injury," said Clark. "But four or five games in I started playing like myself. I ended up having some big games later as we kept winning.

"It was pretty intense, late in the tournament... knowing this was one of the biggest events in travel basketball. To play in front of all those coaches and play great, it's a blessing."

Clark says he is still in no hurry to make a decision. He plans on finishing out the summer circuit before focusing on his recruitment.

"I'm still open all the way," he said. "I'm hoping to make a decision later... probably before November."

He will be in Las Vegas next week with the CP3 All-Stars, and Clark said the Wolfpack coaches will be watching.

"Coach Moxley said they are going to be all over me," he stated. "He told me they want me in the Red and White... they want me committed."

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