Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
The 6-foot-9 Clark, a sophomore forward who competed for the Paterson-based Playaz Basketball Club, informed Louisville coach RickPitino over the weekend that he will declare for the NBA draft. Larry Clark, Earl’s father, said Clark reached the decision on his own after several days of weighing all the considerations involved.
“It’s always been his dream to play in the NBA, since the first time I gave him a basketball before he could even walk,” Larry Clark told the Courier-Journal. “He figures he’s as close as he can get right now.”
Chad Ford of ESPN.com rates Clark the 24th-best player available in this year’s draft. DraftExpress.com had Clark going No. 18 to Toronto in its mock draft posted yesterday.
Clark’s Louisville teammate, Derrick Caracter of Fanwood, N.J., already announced that he would enter the NBA Draft.
“I’m definitely not coming back,” Caracter, who averaged 8.5 points and 4.5 rebounds, told Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com.
ROSARIO TO PLAY IN DERBY CLASSIC
Rutgers commit and McDonald’s All-American Mike Rosario of St. Anthony will participate in the 35th annual Derby Classic will be played Saturday, April 19, in Freedom Hall.
According to Jody Demling of the Louisville Courier-Journal, the game will feature 11 players ranked among the top 50 nationally by Rivals.com, including Indian’s Mr. Basketball Tyler Zeller, a North Carolina commit.
North Carolina-bound Larry Drew, Florida State signee Chris Singleton and Nevada commit Luke Babbitt are the other McDonald’s All-Americans in the game.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.