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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