Deacs Get Their Guy

This late in the game there aren't many high-major shooters available, and on Wednesday one more fell off the board as Gary Clark decided to become a Demon Deacon. The 6-foot-3 senior had his list narrowed to two, but felt more at ease with the Deacs.

"He just felt more comfortable at Wake Forest," said Kevin Sutton of Montverde (FL) Academy. "He sees himself having a very successful career academically, athletically and socially. He also wanted to play in the ACC and with another fellow Montverde alum in L.D. Williams."

"I think it was their tradition and it was the fact that they have an all acc schedule and a great game every night," Clark said by phone Friday night. "That definitely put them over them over the edge and it's not like the SEC is bad or anything, but it's just not comparable."

Clark is coming off another successful season. After winning the state championship last season, Clark led Montverde to an undefeated season while averaging 14 points and 4 rebounds per game.

Wake Forest is getting a high-major gaurd that knocked down 43-percent of his threes last season and according to his high school coach he's just as good of a person as a player.

"First and foremost they are getting a high quality young man. He's an outstanding person and his family has done a wonderful job raising him.

"Secondly they are getting a first class basketball player and he's serious about his academics," Sutton continued. "And third they are getting a potential big time player that can compete in the ACC."

Clark said he was recruited to fill a specific role. "They are in need of a consistent three point threat and I'm just going to try to go in and fit that."

Since reopening up his recruitment Vanderbilt and Wake Forest were the only two schools he visited, and the only two that were under major consideration. Clark also said Wake Forest's coaching staff did a great job recruiting him.

"They have a great coaching staff and I think they proven that they can get the job done. They just had a down year this year, but I don't think that will last very long."

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