Oklahoma was never in a really good position to land 2013 point guard Stevie Clark. But with the news Saturday of Clark transferring from Oklahoma City Douglass to Quest Prep Academy in Las Vegas, that will close the door on the Sooners and Clark.
Things between the Clark family and the OU coaching staff were going well in the winter and into the spring. Stevie was offered by the Sooners in February and attended several of OU’s final home games.
But when the summer came around, OU and Clark slowly started to go their separate ways. Clark’s mother, Dorshell, said there were other programs showing more interest and that the No. 1 factor in their decision is going to be the relationship with the coaching staff.
Though on the outside looking in, Dorshell said Stevie had been feeling a lot of peer pressure to attend OU and help turn around the Sooners and become the face of Lon Kruger’s program. But the Sooners aren’t in Stevie’s list of favorites right now, and it is difficult to envision OU creeping back into it now that he is more than 1,100 miles away.
Stevie, who is 5-foot-10, 160 pounds and ranked No. 59 in the ESPN 100, has more than 30 offers. Dorshell said she doesn’t believe the move will impact her son’s recruitment.
“The teams that have offered him and want him will still come after him,” Dorshell said. “We’re not worried about that. We’re not going to make a decision until the spring. We want to play out his senior season and see what happens.”
Although the list can change, Dorshell said the frontrunners for Stevie are Oklahoma State, Baylor, UCLA, Missouri, Connecticut and Florida State, in no particular order.
Dorshell said Stevie’s dream school is Kentucky. They have had some contact with the Wildcats coaching staff but do not have an offer at this point.
Stevie averaged 25 points and 11 assists per game in leading Oklahoma City Douglass to its third consecutive Class 4A state championship. He was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Oklahoma, too.
He thought about skipping his senior season and enrolling early in college. There was also talk of transferring to Mustang, Okla., to join his former coach, Terry Long. In the end, it was the chance to play quality out-of-state competition at Quest that made the transfer the answer.
OU does have a quality backup plan, though. It’s tough to call Edmond (Okla.) Memorial point guard Jordan Woodard a backup plan, but this is one of the few times where he would be.
Woodard, a four-star prospect with an OU offer, is the second-ranked prospect in the state and will move up to No. 1 with Stevie leaving.
Woodard has a great relationship with the OU coaching staff and earned a lot of goodwill at OU’s camp in June. Woodard went straight from Deron Williams’ camp in Chicago straight to the final day of OU’s basketball camp and shocked everybody by showing up.
He said it was because his team, Edmond Memorial, needed more practice together. He never thought about what the OU coaching staff thought, but it’s safe to assume that gesture said everything OU would need to know about Woodard’s character and leadership.
Coincidentally enough, Woodard and Clark have been playing on the same AAU team, Athletes First, comprised of the top in-state talent.