When it comes to college basketball recruiting, and it comes to Terrence Clarke, you can be forgiven if you’re not all too familiar with his name or game. After all, Clarke just finished his sophomore year of high school at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire.
At the same time, even if you don’t know his name (which again, you can be forgiven for), you better get to know it quickly, because there aren’t many players, anywhere in the country who have a higher upside than Clarke. He is currently ranked as the No. 2 ranked player overall in the class of 2021, and a guy that some recruiting experts believe has as much star potential as anyone in high school basketball.
And after seeing Clarke two weeks ago at the Pangos All-American Camp, it is quite easy to see what the hype is about. Despite being one of the youngest players there, he largely dominated, leading his team to a 5-0 record in pool play, then made the camp’s All-Star game, dropping a team-high 18 points in that game, Again, despite being one of the youngest players on the court, a class of 2021 prospect matched up with players a year older.
For Clarke though, it was all just another day in the gym. The one thing the kid doesn’t lack is confidence, whether he is playing against players his own age or older.
“I’ve played in a lot of camps before with older guys. 2019 guys last year, 2020 now,” Clarke told KSR when asked about playing against the older competition. “I played well against them last year, so this is the year for me to show I’m fearless.”
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It’s all part of what has become a big last year or so for Clarke. After transferring from a local high school in his hometown of Boston to Brewster Academy, he helped lead the school to a Prep School Championship (even though he was banged up for their final few games of the season). And he’s also been one of the early breakout stars of this summer’s EYBL campaign, averaging 17 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists for Expressions Elite.
More than just putting up raw stats though, he has shown off a versatility in his game that both college coaches and recruiting experts weren’t sure he had. In an era of “position-less” basketball, Clarke had grown frustrated with being listed as a wing. He wanted to spend the early portion of the spring proving that he has guard’s skills, and to date he has done that.
“I’m a 6’7 playmaker,” he said. I get others involved while getting myself involved. I can create shots off the dribble, off the catch. I can score at all three levels.”
In terms of what’s next, it’s wildly early in Clarke’s recruitment (because he’s only a sophomore, college coaches can’t even reach out to him until next month) but Clarke has heard from just about every major program in college basketball. He has offers from everyone from LSU to Nebraska under new head coach Fred Hoiberg, Indiana, Arkansas, UConn and more.
However earlier this spring, his offer list picked up exponentially, when both Kansas and Kentucky offered. He remains one of the few 2021 prospects that the Wildcats staff has extended a scholarship offer to, a sign of just what both the Kentucky staff, and the college basketball world as a whole thinks of his talent.
Clarke knows just how rare it is for Kentucky to extend an offer to a sophomore, and didn’t take it lightly.
“It was just an honor to be offered by a blue blood like Kentucky,” he said when asked specifically about the Wildcats.
Admittedly it’s waaaaaaaay too early to try and figure out where Clarke will end up, but for what it’s worth, there are only two Crystal Ball predictions on 247 Sports in Clarke’s recruitment. Both predictions have him heading to Kentucky.
Over the next month or so, Clarke’s recruitment should start to take shape.
If he does one day land at Kentucky, the Wildcats will be getting one of the most talented players in high school basketball.
And one of the most confident.
Below is some video of Clarke, and here are some other prospect profiles:
Johnny Juzang (before he committed)