Darren Clarke took a visit to St. Louis last weekend, and it didn't take the strong 6-3, 190 pound combination guard long to make a decision on his college destination.
Clarke, who attends Hopkins H.S. in Minnetonka, Minn., committed to the Billikens this week after attracting interest from programs such as Marquette, Iowa State and UNLV.
"It seemed like the perfect fit for me," Clarke said. "The coaches, the style of play and the environment, plus they play in a good conference."
Back in June, Clarke took unofficial trips to Marquette and Iowa State. He took his only official visit to St. Louis from Sept. 20-22.
Last season at Hopkins H.S., Clarke averaged 20 points, five rebounds and six assists per contest, playing alongside Duke commitment Kris Humphries.
"My strengths are my scoring and passing," Clarke said. "I need to work on my defense in terms of going at it a little more."
Clarke said that St. Louis primarily recruited him to play the two position.
In the classroom, Clarke said he has a 3.1 GPA and scored an 18 on the ACT, so he should easily make it through the NCAA Clearinghouse.
Clarke played this past summer with the Howard Pulley basketball program, whose itinerary included pit stops at the Nike Peach Jam, the AAU Super Showcase and the Tom Tietze Tournament in Kansas.
He plans on inking with the Billikens during the NCAA early signing period in November.