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Clayton's Gary Clark commits to Cincinnati

Posted September 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 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."


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  • cleet23 Sep 19, 2013

    Best wishes young man, you have earned it.

  • Toddler10-21 Sep 18, 2013

    Good luck young man. Attend the school that you want to.

  • Toddler10-21 Sep 18, 2013

    Guess its ok for top players in the country to leave their state to attend Unc? Smh!

  • 75Tarheel Sep 18, 2013

    I wish him good luck BUT bashing the ACC is not a way to make friends. Geez he had offers from 5 ACC schools plus other instate Universities. I suspect every ACC school he plays against will pound him anyway.

    GO ACC!
    GO HEELS!!

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again03 Sep 18, 2013

    I read the NC State had rescinded their offer a while back.