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WATCH: Skyy Clark talks recruiting process and life as a five-star prospect

Skyy Clark is still a while away from graduating high school, but his stardom is already that of an NBA player.

The five-star combo guard prospect out of the class of 2022 was recently a guest on the ‘Titus and Tate’ podcast, where he discussed what his recruiting process has been like, how he chose his top list of potential college choices, and his life as an up-and-coming basketball talent.

Clark is widely considered a Kentucky-lean and could be next-in-line as the latest great point guard to play under head coach John Calipari. If you haven’t heard him talk before, you’re going to want to familiarize yourself right now. Just from watching Clark in interviews, he comes off as a likable and approachable young man, but also someone who knows just how good he is.

In the 12-minute conversation with Mark Titus and Tate Frazier, Clark gives the viewers some juicy details into his life. For instance, Clark said he is close with former NBA point guard Gilbert Arenas and that his family grew up across the hall from Arenas’ family while Clark was in elementary school. They began training together once Clark got into high school and he was quick to pride himself on taking down Arenas in a game of one-on-one.

But it doesn’t stop there. Arenas has apparently gifted Clark the nickname “Hibachi”, for what I can only assume is because of his ability to get cooking on the court (?). Clark also divulges that his favorite era of basketball is the 1980s and 1990s, how he loves rapper Tupac, and how he’s quite the fisherman (someone get Kash Daniel on the phone).

Clark continued on to talk about topics such as his relationship with rising star Emoni Bates, who is also out of the class of 2022 and currently signed to Michigan State, along with how he’s building his brand and some of the advice he’s received from other professional hoopers.

“I’ve had a lot of people tell me how recruiting is,” Clark said in the interview. “There’s been a lot of pros overseas and in the NBA who have told me a coach will tell him so and so, but once he gets to the college it’s a whole different story. So you got to take it in mind and do your research.”

If you were looking for some good news on the Kentucky front, Clark was asked how he’ll go about making a college decision. In his eyes, he puts tremendous value on a program’s ability to not only turn a good point guard into a great one but one that will have a long and successful NBA career.

“My relationship with the coaches is definitely a huge thing,” Clark added. “I just look at the list of point guards they produce and how they’ve continued on throughout the NBA. Some colleges, they produce point guards but once their point guards get to the league they don’t really sustain a super long and successful career. So you got to take that into mind. Yeah, they’re producing NBA players, but how are they playing and succeeding while they’re in the league?”

I wonder, of the eight schools that Clark is considering (Tennessee State, Memphis, North Carolina, Kentucky, Michigan, UCLA, Oregon, and USC), which one has the best track record of taking high-level point guard prospects and turning them into All-Star players? If anyone can help me out, please feel free…

There are a bunch of other interesting facts and tidbits about Clark that he happily shares in the interview, so make sure to check out the entire segment.

Come on down?

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR