Kentucky has picked up its first commitment in the class of 2022.
This evening, five-star junior guard Skyy Clark announced his commitment to UK, choosing the Wildcats over Memphis, North Carolina and UCLA.
Clark, a 6-foot-3 guard out of Brentwood Academy (TN), is considered the No. 14 overall prospect in the 2022 247Sports Composite rankings. Rivals has Clark listed at No. 13 overall in their player rankings, while 247Sports and ESPN have him listed at No. 14 and No. 19, respectively.
Long seen as a heavy Kentucky lean in the spring and into the summer, there were rumblings that a commitment was on the horizon after receiving an offer from John Calipari and the UK coaching staff on July 1, with buzz continuing well into August.
Things died down a bit – North Carolina briefly emerged as a legitimate contender – before ramping back up in recent weeks, with Kentucky picking up all nine Crystal Ball picks over at 247Sports and four straight FutureCast picks at Rivals in recent weeks. .
Back in July, Clark joined KSR’s Sources Say Podcast to discuss his Kentucky offer, noting that it was something he had been waiting on for a “very long time.”
“Psh, I don’t even know what to say, it was just a huge blessing,” Clark said. “We were on a Zoom call with Coach [John] Calipari, Coach [Tony] Barbee, Coach Kenny Payne, Coach [Joel] Justus, and Coach [Brady] Kennedy, just hearing [Calipari] say, “You have an official scholarship to Kentucky,” it didn’t even seem real. It’s something I’ve been waiting on for a very long time.”
Clark previously spoke with KSR back in February when rumors of his genuine Kentucky interest picked up, where the five-star prospect had high praise for Calipari and the UK basketball program.
“As you all know, Coach Calipari is an amazing coach,” Clark said. “Everything about Kentucky is on a new level. They try to get you to the league, which is my ultimate goal. They’re going to push you to not only be a player in the league, but one of the top players in the league. That’s something I’m definitely looking for when I go to college.”
Now that a college decision is out of the way, Clark now has to decide on when he will play at the next level.
This summer, the five-star guard said he was taking the classes necessary to make a jump to 2021 in case he decides to reclassify at a later date.
“You all are hearing this first, but I’m planning on taking all of my junior and senior year classes this coming year just in case I do reclass up so I’ll be ready,” Clark told KSR. “I’m definitely considering it now. Nothing is set in stone yet, but it’s definitely an option.
“I told most of the college coaches that I’m definitely considering reclassing up. I feel like it just depends on my development. … I feel like my body is getting to the point where it’s built enough, I’m physical enough to play at that level. … So yeah, it just depends on how I feel going into the season, how my game goes, stuff like that.”
The latest speculation is that Clark is still leaning toward staying in the 2022 class, but the Kentucky coaching staff is happy to bring him in either year.
Regardless of what he ultimately decides to do, Clark has found his future home in Lexington.
Check out the newest Wildcat’s highlights below:
Welcome to the family.