Dec 17, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Cincinnati Bearcats head coach Mick Cronin coaches against the Pittsburgh Panthers during the first half of the first game of the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Bearcats Signee Gary Clark Is Tearing Up The High School Circuit


Typically in recruiting it’s unwise to put much weight in a high school player’s stats at that level. In most cases, a prospect who drops 30 points or throws for 6 touchdowns against an opponent every game probably isn’t going to average that same dominance in college. The competition is far better and coaches tend to run more set plays to get a variety of players involved instead of putting the ball in the high school star’s hands every possession. So while it’s nice to get excited about a UC recruit’s performance, we have to keep those things in mind.

But my god it’s hard to look at Cincinnati signee Gary Clark’s numbers and not be blown away. The guy is absolutely decimating opponents on the high school level and even posted a quadruple-double two Friday’s ago. Just check out these lines from his most recent games.

  • January 17th, Southeast Raleigh: 32 points, 12 rebounds, 7 blocks
  • January 10th, West Johnston: 22 points, 21 rebounds, 15 blocks, 10 assists
  • January 7th, East Wake: 40 points, 19 rebounds
  • January 3rd, Rolesville: 31 points
  • December 28th, Broughton: 34 points, 12 rebounds
  • December 27th, Moss Point: 35 points, 22 rebounds, 9 blocks

The 6’7″ forward signed with the Bearcats along with Quadri Moore and Coreontae DeBerry, bolstering Cincinnati’s front court next season. They’re going to be tested early as Justin Jackson, Titus Rubles, and David Nyarsuk will all be gonzo after March. Sure their replacements will be young but you have to believe that based on the numbers above, UC is upgrading their talent at forward next year. At least with Gary Clark, anyways.

So count me in as someone who is extraordinarily confident in the strength of UC’s low post in 2014-15. Like I mentioned, Gary Clark probably won’t produce at that same level when he comes to Cincinnati but it sure is fun to keep track of his stats throughout his final high school season and envision him doing that in Clifton. That’s just the hopeless dreamer in me coming out, I guess…

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  • Ron Fulton

    They better be good especially after Xavier has the 7th best recruiting class in the nation. Some people might think UC hired the wrong Cincy boy.

    • bearcats4

      Always knew you were pretending to be a Bearcat fan Mr. (ron fulton) Xavier

      • Ron Fulton

        I have been Bearcat fan since 1947. I just don’t care for Cronin as a coach. Always blaming somebody else when he loses. You are going to say there winning new, but after all this time even a blind squirrel will find a nut once in a while.

    • Ron Margolies

      Mr. Fulton please stop with your meaningless comments. You are simply wasting space.

      • Ron Fulton

        Give me a break. Just stating the facts. Cronin’s been there 8 years. Comon/

        • Ron Margolies

          During those 8 years he has done a terrific job. Basically starting from nothing to be very competitive in the old Big East and leading the AAC as well as once again becoming a NCAA tourney regular. High grade point average and respected nationally.

          • Ron Fulton

            Ron, I agree he works hard, but you have to understand I thought it was a mistake to hire him to begin with. You want a big time program, you hire a big time coach. Remember when he signed Lawrence, the next coming of the Big O. Well you see how that turned out. I’m sorry but I am not a big fan of Cronin. But I will give him credit, he works hard, I just hope his recruiting gets better and it should with this successful season.

          • Ron Margolies

            Justin Jackson was not good early, now he will probably play overseas, he even has a small chance (very small) of making the NBA. When he first arrived he was skinny and raw, now he has many skills, but fouls too often. Give Lawrence a chance to develop.

          • Ron Fulton

            I agree with you but why did Cronin hype him so much. He put him in the class if Parker, Wiggins etc. It almost sounds like he is using this for extension leverage. Over hyping his recruiting.

  • bearcats4

    2014 Bearcats Basketball signed, PF/SF/SG Gary Clark should make the McDonald’s All American Team. Dude is avg. over 30 points /game and almost 20 rebounds.

  • Ron Fulton

    I just hope that he is not over hyped like Cronin did with Lawrence.