Friday, November 30, 2012
NCAA approves Clark's post-period signing
By Dave Telep
One additional ESPN 100 recruit beat the buzzer on the early signing period when point guard Stevie Clark (Oklahoma City/Douglass) signed his national letter of intent with Travis Ford's Oklahoma State Cowboys.
Clark announced his decision on Friday after considering other finalists UCLA and Baylor. Clark is the No. 62 overall prospect in the ESPN 100.
Even though the early signing period concluded on Nov. 21, Clark’s signature will still be registered with the NCAA. According to his mother, Dorshell, Clark signed national letters of intent with each of his three finalists before making his final decision. Despite the conclusion of the early signing period, there is a grace period to turn in the postdated signed letter of intent.
Clark is a prolific scorer. The 5-foot-10 guard averaged 25 points per game for Douglass as a junior and scored 37 points in his first game this season. Clark is gunning for his fourth consecutive state championship, a feat that has never been accomplished in the state of Oklahoma. Douglass plays in Oklahoma's 4A classification.
Clark carved out a reputation with Douglass as a shooter who would pull up from deep behind the 3-point arc. Once he hit the AAU circuit, the rumors of the small kid from Oklahoma with in-the-gym range proved true. He once connected on 14 3-pointers in a single high school game.
Over the past two seasons, Clark has been one of the more accurate shooters in the Nike EYBL. A starter for Athletes First, he finished second in EYBL scoring (20.9 points per game) and was also No. 2 in steals in the league. He’ll go down as one of the most prolific scorers in Oklahoma high school basketball history.
"He said he's going to average 40 points this year," Dorshell said.
Clark joins an Oklahoma State 2013 class that moves to No. 22 in the class rankings. Clark and Detrick Mostella (Decatur, Ala./La Lumiere) are members of the ESPN 100, with Mostella ranked No. 83.