We say it all the time: There are no days off in recruiting. It's a year-round process, and for the nation's top programs, it's the difference between annual appearances in the NCAA Tournament, and .500 records that plague less schools that don't land the top prospects.
Which brings us to Chris Clarke, the 6-5 shooting guard from Virginia Beach. The rising high school senior has cut his list of schools to seven, and that includes UConn, where he will visit this weekend.
"He likes the academic side of (UConn),” high school coach Mark Hall told SNY.tv's Adam Zagoria. “Obviously, he likes Kevin Ollie. A great coaching staff. Glen Miller is out there as well. The whole coaching staff is from UConn, they’ve won multiple national championships.
“I’m pretty sure a program like that, he would want to play there, but he’s going to take his visits and evaluate that situation. He’ll make a decision for the early signing period in November.”
Zagoria writes that Clarke averaged 12.5 points per game this summer with Boo Williams on Nike's EYBL circuit, and 14.7 points per game at the Peach Jam. And Zagoria named him to the ZagsBlog All-Peach Jam 2nd Team after leading Boo to the semifinals.
So what kind of player is Clarke?
“He’s a combo guy,” Hall said. “He plays the one through four. At the college level, they’re recruiting him as a wing. Wherever he goes, he’s going to be a high-energy guy. It depends on what program. If it’s at UConn, I don’t see him being an immediate impact guy with some of the talent they have there, but some of the other schools he could be an impact guy. He has to work through that situation.
“But he handles the ball really well. People say he can’t shoot the 3. He can shoot the 3, he just hasn’t taken a high-percentage number of 3’s. He’s a guy who can get to the rim at will. He’s shown that for the past several years and really blossomed this past summer.”