A Detailed Look At Earl Clark

A detailed look at big point guard Earl Clark who has said he has interest in the National Champions

While he isn't yet a household name on the national circuit, Earl Clark had an early coming out party at the High School Basketball Championship East I Regional at Seton Hall University.

Clark, a rangy 6-8, 198-pound rising junior swingman from Rahway H.S. in Rahway, N.J., can swing between three different perimeter positions. He showcased those ample skills on Sunday afternoon in a consolation game against North Jersey parochial power Don Bosco Prep.

In that game, Clark converted a three-point play with two seconds remaining to lift Rahway to a 68-65 victory over the Ironmen. He scored 37 points for the Indians, overshadowing Don Bosco's outstanding rising senior power forward Tyrell Biggs (27 points) in the process.

What sets Clark apart from other players his size are his perimeter skills. A slick ball handler who can play some point, Clark is a capable three-point shooter and defensive rebounder.

In the win over Don Bosco, Clark ripped down defensive rebounds and kick-started the break on several occasions. He sees the floor well and can find open teammates in halfcourt situations. While his three-point release is a bit low, what makes Clark tough to defend is his ability to pull up and score off the bounce.

If he can continue to get stronger and hone his perimeter stroke, then Clark's upside is considerable.

Because he was ineligible during the first part of the season at Rahway, Clark played in (roughly) 10 games, averaging 11 points, six rebounds and five assists for the Indians as a sophomore.

According to New Jersey Roadrunners Head Coach Sandy Pyonin, most colleges haven't had the chance to see Clark play yet. One school that has shown early interest, Pyonin said, is Syracuse.

Clark has also told us he is interested in several other schools including Georgetown, Connecticut, and Cincinnati.

Clark will get a chance to showcase his talent at several events during the July evaluation period, most notably the Reebok ABCD Camp in New Jersey. He'll also head down to Florida with Pyonin's Roadrunners to play at the 16 and under AAU Super Showcase and 17 and under AAU Nationals.

We'll have coverage from those events during the hectic July period, so keep it here for the latest on Clark and other top prospects in the Class of 2006.

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