Rivals.com caught up with 6-foot-8 210 pound G/F Earl Clark from Rahway, NJ this week and discovered the reason why he was not present in Charlottesville for the Southern Invitational. He also told us that his list has changed a bit over the last month. Find out who's new, and who didn't make the cut.
When we spoke to Clark in early April his list consisted of Miami, Connecticut, Syracuse, Kentucky, Villanova, Rutgers, Seton Hall, and UNLV. When we reached Clark yesterday, he had a slightly different list.
"Villanova, Louisville, Connecticut, Virginia, Seton Hall, Rutgers, and Miami all came to visit me in April," Clark said. "They've all offered scholarships."
New Virginia coach Dave Leitao wasted little time getting to know Clark. He was up to visit him at school shortly after landing with the Cavaliers.
On the subject of the schools that didn't visit, he said that he still has interest in Kentucky, though they haven't been as active recruiting him as he'd like.
"I still like Kentucky, but I haven't heard from them in a while," he told us. "They are still on my list."
He told us that he hasn't been on campus for official or unofficial visits to date, but planned to take a few at the end of the summer before making his decision.
Clark plans on playing all of the perimeter spots in college, from point guard to wing forward. "I'm just looking for a coach that lets me play," Clark said. "I want to be comfortable and have other great players around."
He said that Connecticut's presentation stood out over the others last month, but he stressed that he does not have a leader at this time and is in no rush to make a decision.
One of the things that Clark needs to decide first and foremost is where he'll be attending high school next year.
"I haven't decided whether I'm coming back to Rahway next year," Clark told Rivals.com. "I've been looking at some prep schools, but I'm just getting started."
Clark did not make the trip to Charlottesville last weekend with the Playaz, choosing to stay home to take the SATs. However, he'll be back in action with them this weekend at the IS8 Tournament in New York, and will travel to North Carolina on Memorial Day weekend to play in the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions.
He averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds, 6 assists, and 4 blocks per game last season at Rahway. He'll attend Reebok ABCD Camp and Five-Star Camp this summer.
Clark is currently the #39 ranked player nationally in the Class of 2006.