Skyy Clark’s recruitment will officially be coming to an end in October.
Tuesday evening, the five-star guard in the class of 2022 announced he would be making his final decision on Oct. 22, choosing between Kentucky, Memphis, North Carolina, and UCLA.
october 22nd… #commitmentdate
— Skyy Clark (@skyyclark) September 23, 2020
Clark, a 6-foot-3 guard out of Brentwood Academy (TN), is considered the No. 14 overall prospect in the 2022 247Sports Composite rankings. 247Sports and Rivals both have Clark listed at No. 13 overall in their player rankings, while ESPN has him listed at No. 19 overall.
Long seen as a heavy Kentucky lean, there were rumblings that a commitment was on the horizon after receiving an offer from John Calipari and the UK coaching staff on July 1, with buzz continuing well into August.
As time continued to push forward without a public commitment, though, news of Zoom meetings and conversations with the Kentucky staff began to die down, with pro-North Carolina buzz picking up. In fact, after Kentucky picked up ten consecutive FutureCast picks over at Rivals, North Carolina has since picked up eight straight picks in the month of September.
Back in July, Clark joined KSR’s Sources Say Podcast to discuss earning back-to-back offers from both Kentucky and UNC.
“Psh, I don’t even know what to say, it was just a huge blessing,” Clark said of the UK offer. “We were on a Zoom call with Coach [John] Calipari, Coach [Tony] Barbee, Coach Kenny Payne, Coach [Joel] Justus, and Coach [Brady] Kennedy, just hearing [Calipari] say, “You have an official scholarship to Kentucky,” it didn’t even seem real. It’s something I’ve been waiting on for a very long time.”
“I was making a Tik Tok, and I saw I was getting a call,” the five-star guard said of UNC’s offer earlier that week. “I was about to just let it ring, but I saw who it was, and I said, “Oh snap, Coach Roy [Williams] is calling me!” So I went outside and we talked for like 30 minutes, and then he offered me. That was super special, I actually started tearing up.”
After not pulling the trigger on a public commitment for several months following the Kentucky offer, UK instead began ramping things up with Sallis, with the Wildcats sitting in strong position at this point in time. Should Sallis join the fold – rumblings of a fall decision continue to pick up – along with the addition of Hickman and the potential return of five-star guard Devin Askew, where does Clark – a likely reclass candidate – fit into the equation? Is it a one or the other situation?
In an interview with Shawn Smith of Go Big Blue Country and Derek Terry of the Cats Pause on the Kentucky Daily Podcast, former Rivals recruiting analyst Corey Evans said he sees Kentucky getting one of the five-star guards and North Carolina getting the other.
“Hunter Sallis has not moved as fast as I thought he would with a Kentucky offer, and I’m sure Kentucky fans feel the same way, but Hunter and his family have been adamant about seeing the process through,” Evans said. “I just think in the end run, we’ll see Carolina get one or the other, and Kentucky get one or the other.”
In an ideal world, Clark opts against reclassifying and stays in 2022, leaving the door open for Kentucky to land both Sallis and Clark. Should Clark make the jump – and Evans feels confident he will – he doesn’t see both ending up in Lexington.
“In the best of worlds, if you’re Kentucky, you get Hunter Sallis now and you get Skyy Clark as a ’22. At that point, you’d get a replacement for a Sallis, a Nolan Hickman, a Devin Askew. I just don’t see it playing out as such,” said Evans. “That’s my dilemma. I know for a fact we’ll get a Skyy Clark commitment before a final decision on a reclassification.”
After numerous back-and-forths in Clark’s recruitment, we’ll finally get our answer next month.