Sep 18, 2013
Clayton High School senior forward Gary Clark announced Wednesday that he has verbally committed to play basketball at the University of Cincinnati.
At 6-foot-7 and 215 pounds, Clark is one of the highest-rated basketball players in North Carolina from the Class of 2014. Clark said Wednesday he believes he will fit in well with the Bearcats.
"Coach (Larry) Davis showed me some videos, and the main thing that caught my eye was the living situation. It was great," Clark said. "Coach Cronin, he's a great guy. The coaching staff was hands on with me. Since last week I knew I wanted to be a Bearcat."
Last season, Clark helped the Comets to a regional appearance in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4-A state playoffs, earning Associated Press All-State honors.
Clark has played varsity basketball at Clayton since his freshman year.
Other schools who had offered Clark include Charlotte, Clemson, East Carolina, Miami, NC State, Old Dominion, Pittsburgh, Richmond, UNC-Wilmington, UNC-Greensboro, Virginia Commonwealth, Wake Forest, Wichita State and Xavier.
"A lot of ACC schools didn't give me the credit...they didn't see me," Clark said. "Some coaches said I wasn't ready. But it panned out."
Clayton will participate in the HighSchoolOT.com Holiday Invitational at Broughton High School in December. The tournament runs Dec. 26-28 in Raleigh.
"We have great goals as a team this season," Clark said Wednesday of the Comets. "The whole team is on board and ready to get after it. The seniors want to go out with a bang."