Clark Says He Has A Leader

Earl Clark,'s No. 18 prospect in the country, has a host of Big East teams on his current list. One of them stands out above the rest heading into the summer.

There's a number of reasons why big time programs are giving chase Rahway (N.J.) High's Earl Clark. The Top 20 prospect, a 6-foot-8 wing player, has all kinds of tools. From ball handling to scoring to being a multipositional player, Clark is a magnet for recruiters.

"Most of the coaches say they don't give me a position," Clark said. "I'm just a basketball player. I can play anywhere on the court. I don't know [my position] myself."

Clark is talented enough to garner offers from UConn, Georgetown, Seton Hall, Rutgers, Louisville and Villanova. The other school making his list is Kentucky, but the ‘Cats haven't offered and he hasn't seen Tubby Smith on his school's campus. "I just don't have [an offer] from Kentucky," Clark said.

But he's got them from Villanova and Louisville and both schools are making some news with him. In fact, one of those schools is the leader.

"Right now, Villanova right now," Clark said. "I've been talking to the coaches and building a relationship. They told me more about the future and the vision of how they see me."

While Villanova leads, Louisville is working on getting him to campus in the next two weeks. "I might be going to skill camp [at Louisville]," Clark said. "I'm not sure yet. It's not this weekend but next weekend. Rick Pitino came to my school and told me about it and its something that I'm interested in."

Clark gets out of school later this month, essentially closing the door on any pre-summer official visits. Instead, his trip slate should begin in the fall. "It's pretty much down the road," Clark said. "It's something my family and I got to talk about."

One thing seems certain with Clark, he has the look of a Big East fan. "I think the Big East is the best conference right now and that's where I want to play."

Getting that done shouldn't be a problem.

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