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OU offers in-state point guard Stevie Clark

2/7/2012

It has been a special junior season for point guard Stevie Clark (Oklahoma City/Douglass). There were a lot of questions about how he would transition from a natural scorer into a more complete point guard.

He has answered those questions and then some, turning into an all-around threat and arguably the best player in the state, regardless of class. Clark is a four-star prospect ranked No. 58 in the ESPNU Super 60.

His list of offers has been more than impressive as Connecticut, Missouri, Florida State and Memphis are among his 15 scholarship choices.

One notable school that was missing? Oklahoma. Not anymore. Clark was invited to OU’s game on Monday night against Missouri and was offered by the Sooners.

The only reason it took this long for OU to pull the trigger was a lack of mis-communication, said Stevie’s mother, Dorshell.

The Clark family had a good relationship with former OU coach Jeff Capel. Once Lon Kruger took over, however, they hadn’t been in much contact with the new staff.

Things got worse when they heard from a secondary source that Clark wasn’t the type of player Kruger was looking for. That assertion couldn’t have been further from the truth.

“It is OK now because Coach Kruger has called me himself, invited us to the game last night and clarified that no one can speak for him,” Dorshell Clark said Tuesday morning.

Clark, 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds, is ranked No. 11 at point guard and No. 1 in Oklahoma for the class of 2013, and has been receiving the most interest from Oklahoma State and Vanderbilt.

The Sooners won’t be far behind anymore. Dorshell Clark said the offer was a weight lifted off the family’s shoulders, and she is excited to get to know Coach Kruger better.

Stevie Clark scored 65 points and 51 points in back-to-back games in January and is averaging more than 10 assists per game as Oklahoma City Douglass aims for its third consecutive state championship.

It continues the in-state trend under Kruger. He joins two other 2013 Oklahoma standouts in four-star recruit Jordan Woodard (Edmond, Okla./Memorial) and three-star shooting guard Juwan Parker (Tulsa, Okla./Washington) who have received offers from the Sooners. OU is also looking at power forward Shaquille Morris (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe).