The 6-2, 200-pound guard is “one of the best playmakers in all of high school basketball” according to Rivals.com national basketball analyst Corey Evans.
John Calipari was the first coach coach to reach out to Clark, who made an unofficial visit to UK last season when the Cats beat Auburn, when coaches were allowed to contact recruits this summer and Calipari along with assistant coaches Kenny Payne, Joel Justus and Tony Barbee were all on the Zoom call when Calipari made the scholarship offer.
Clark moved from Los Angeles to Nashville this summer and plans to play his final two high school seasons for Brentwood Academy — unless he opts to reclassify to the 2021 recruiting class as some have speculated.
“He told us on our Sources Say Podcast that it’s 50-50 (about reclassifying),” Rivals.com recruiting writer David Sisk said. “ He is going to take all of his senior core classes next year, so he should meet all of the requirements academically.
“He is not dodging the subject when asked. In fact, he is very transparent and volunteered the information. Academically and physically he should be ready to make the jump after his junior season. Personally, I lean toward him reclassifying.”
Clark averaged 24.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.5 steals per game at Heritage Christian last year while shooting 50 percent overall from the field and 85 percent at the foul line.
Just how good is Clark?
Sisk watched him about a month ago in Nashville playing with NBA, international and college players include Darius Garland, Robert Covington, Ian Clark and others. Remember Clark has not yet turned 17.
“He looked as physically developed as they are. He has the body of an athlete in his twenties. He is especially thick in the trunk and shoulders. That allows him to stay low and move fluidly in a stance,” Sisk said.
“I don’t know how well he shoots yet because he didn’t have to. He got to the rim at will against those older players. I would think a high school player his age would have a hard time competing (against him).
“He has facial and leg hair, so I do have some concern that he maxed out growing early on. He’s plenty big enough now to play the point. But his doctors say he will still get to 6-foot-4. If that happens it won’t be fair.”