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.
Chris Clarke has committed to Tennessee.
The 6-foot-5 guard from Virginia Beach (VA) Cape Henry Collegiate School also considered UConn, Creighton and Virginia Tech.
Clarke, ranked No. 41 in the class of 2015 by 247 Sports, brings a slashing presence to the Vols.
“He’s an eletric eel,” longtime New York recruiting expert Tom Konchalski said of Clarke. “He’s a 6-5 version of Kenneth Faried. He must’ve seen a lot of Kenneth Faried in himself because [head coach] Donnie Tyndall coached Faried at Morehead State.
“[Clarke] plays with the metabolism of a hummingbird and covers the court as well as any player. He’s involved in more plays on both sides of the ball than almost player in the country.
“He’s a guy that really, really high energy and high-intensity. That’s what he brings to a program. There’s no one in high school basketball who plays with more energy and plays every inch of the ball as fully as he does.”
Clarke averaged 12.5 points this summer with Boo Williams on the Nike EYBL circuit, and 14.7 points at the Peach Jam. He made the ZAGSBLOG All-Peach Jam 2nd Team after leading Boo to the semifinals.
Clarke joins shooting guard Shembari Phillips and small forward Admiral Schofield in head coach Tyndall’s 2015 recruiting class.
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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.