Stevie Clark Commits To Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State added a needed true point guard to its 2013 men's basketball recruiting class on Friday, when Oklahoma City prep standout Stevie Clark announced he had committed to play for Travis Ford and the Cowboys next season. Clark faxed his letter of intent last week, but waited until Friday to make his official announcement.

Clark, of Douglass High School in Oklahoma City, chose OSU over perennial basketball powers UCLA and Baylor.

"I love Oklahoma," Clark said. "I'm an Oklahoma kid. OSU is just up the street, not too far away. If I want to come home for church or watch my little brother play football, I can do that. I'm big on family. That was part of my decision."

Clark is currently the highest rated prospect in Ford's 2013 class. ESPN ranks Clark as its No. 62 high school player in the nation and Oklahoma's top-rated recruit. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound point guard led Douglass to three-straight Class 4A state championships.

"Stevie is not only one of the best high school players to ever play in the state of Oklahoma, but he is also an excellent student," Ford said in a press release.

"He's one of the top guards in the country. He gets a lot of publicity for how he can score the basketball, but he is also a great passer and a great ball handler. He's a winner. His team has won three state championships, and are looking forward to trying to win a fourth.

"Stevie loves the game of basketball, and it shows in how he plays. He's going to fit perfectly into our system and how we play. I look forward to coaching Stevie every day, and feel like we've got one of the top players in the country joining our basketball family."

However, it wasn't a simple decision for Clark. He received his first Division I offer his freshman year from Marquette University, and they continued to roll in throughout his prep career. He received more offers from Florida State, Missouri and Oklahoma.

Once his list was narrowed to three schools, Clark weighed his options.

"UCLA, you can't go wrong with them because Russell Westbrook came out of there, Jordan Farmer, a couple of those other good guys," Clark said. "And then Baylor has upcoming talent, they're bringing in a lot of guys out there too. But I chose Oklahoma State because it was close to home."

Clark has spoken to Ford about his role next season, and believes he will be able to showcase his talents best with the Cowboys utilizing a pick-and-roll offense Ford specialized in during his playing days at Kentucky.

After two straight recruiting classes featuring nationally top-rated recruits, LeBryan Nash and Marcus Smart, Clark is excited to add his name to the list.

"That's a plus too, but I just wanted somewhere I was happy and could play my game," Clark said. "Oklahoma State was the best place for me."

Clark is the fifth member of the 2013 recruiting class that includes Jeffrey Carroll (Rowlett, Texas), Gary Gaskins (Brevard Community College, Fla.), Leyton Hammonds (Richland, Texas), and Detrick Mostella (La Porte, Ind.)

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