Every player wants to know that the work they are putting in is paying off. This summer, Cameron Clark has to feel validated. The 6-foot-6 small forward from Sherman (Tex.) has earned big time scholarship offers and put himself in position to compete for the McDonald's All-American game. Now, he's just got to figure out what to do with his future.
With the notoriety of being highly ranked comes the expectation that he perform each time out. So far, it hasn't bothered Clark.
"It's cool you know," said Clark of being recognized as one of the top players in the class of 2010. "Now I've just got to show every day that I'm one of the better players out there."
A natural scorer, Clark is a greyhound in transition who can finish above the rim. He rebounds his position, attacks off the dribble and has mastered the lost art of the pull-up jumper.
"My strength is my mid range game.," said Clark. "That's like my bread and butter right there."
A humble kid who doesn't seek attention, the attention has found Clark. Mostly, it's been college coaches calling to make their pitch to him.
"I'm getting calls like every day," said Clark. "Sometimes its tough keeping up with it all but you've got to go through it and it's not a bad thing."
When asked which schools he felt were making him a priority, Clark rattled off a list of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Kentucky and Arkansas as those putting in the most effort while noting that others are chasing as well.
Of the Cowboys, Clark feels like he's established a good relationship with ace recruiting assistant Butch Pierre.
"Coach Butch, he's real cool," Clark told Go Pokes. "He tells me he likes me, but he knows what I need to work on."
Of course, the questions that everybody wants answers to are when is he going to make a decision and who is he going to choose? All Clark knows for now is that he'd like to take five visits but how he's going to pick them, he's not sure of.
"I don't know, that's tough," said Clark. "I mean, that's what I've got to figure out in all of this."