Memorial Day Weekend was loaded with AAU basketball spread across the country.
Plenty of Kentucky targets were in action, but there were two prospects in periocular that stood out in the eyes of the national media–and one of them is already committed to the Wildcats.
Both Skyy Clark and Reed Sheppard earned high praise for their performances over the weekend. Clark, currently the lone commitment for Kentucky’s class of 2022, competed down in Winston-Salem, N.C. at the CP3 Memorial Day Classic, sizing up against some of the nation’s top overall players such as Jaden Bradley (five-star class of 2022 point guard) and Robert Dillingham (five-star class of 2023 point guard). Clark was electric, posting 29 points, five rebounds, and seven assists against Bradley’s squad, and ultimately received recognition as the “Top Bucket Getter” at the entire event by the fine folks over at Rivals.
Clark showed an ability to take and make tough shots all over the floor. He was able to get to his spots against each opponent in this event. Clark committed to Kentucky in October and announced recently he will play his senior season at defending national champion Montverde (Fla.) Academy.
Clark committed to Kentucky back in October of 2020 and has not wavered from that decision throughout the Wildcats coaching switch-ups. He intends to take a trip to Lexington for a campus visit from June 11-13.
Below is a video of Clark slicing up defenses from April.
Halfway across the country, Reed Sheppard was making his mark, as well. Sheppard is a class of 2023 three-star combo guard who plays for North Laurel High School right here in the Bluegrass State. He’s already picked up offers from Iowa and Texas A&M with visits set up in June to see Louisville (June 3) and Virginia (June 14). Kentucky has made some sort of contact with Sheppard, although no offer has come through as of yet.
Brandon Jenkins of 247 Sports was in Texas for Memorial Day Weekend covering two different events, Memorial Day GASO and IMO Memorial Day Classic, which featured an insane amount of talent from all across the nation. Five-stars such as Keyonte George and Adam Bona dominated the playing field, but who did Jenkins have as his “Best Offensive Player”? Reed Sheppard, of course.
Reed Sheppard put on a show playing up against one of the top grassroots teams on the Adidas Circuit. He scored 18 points, forced five turnovers, and handed out four assists on Sunday afternoon. Playing in an offense that values ball movement, Sheppard was economical with his shot selection as he never forced the action. Defenders paid when they left him open and he proved that he was bouncier than the eye test would lead you to believe.
Sheppard’s stock continues to rise and it shows no signs of slowing down now that in-person recruiting is back open. Expect him to pull in more Power 5 offers in the coming months. Kentucky will have every opportunity to get seriously involved if they choose to do so.