Syracuse Basketball: ‘Everything on table’ for 5-star Kentucky de-commit

Syracuse basketball has reportedly reached out to a 2022 five-star prospect who recently de-committed from blue-blood squad Kentucky and reopened his recruitment back up.

That elite senior, 6-foot-3 guard Skyy Clark, has understandably received interest from a bunch of high-major programs since the news broke about his de-commitment from Kentucky, according to media reports and numerous comments from national analysts and recruiting insiders.

As we noted in a column not too long ago, among the squads to make contact with Clark is the Orange, although I am unsure if there is mutual interest between this 2022 prospect and the ‘Cuse.

That being said, Clark, who attends the powerhouse Montverde Academy in Montverde, Fla., did note in a recent interview that he’s keeping all of his options open. Whether that ultimately means that the Orange has a shot with him remains to be seen, though.

Syracuse basketball does already have five commits in its 2022 cycle.

Per various reports, besides the ‘Cuse, others that have apparently reached out to Clark of late include Gonzaga, Illinois, Tennessee, Arizona State, South Carolina, Butler, Georgetown, Vanderbilt, Mike Hopkins-led Washington, Xavier, USC, Oklahoma State and Marquette.

Prior to committing to the Wildcats, Clark held around two-dozen scholarship offers. When he picked Kentucky in October of 2020, his other finalists were reportedly North Carolina, Memphis and UCLA.

After his de-commitment, I also saw rumblings that pro options might prove in play for Clark, but he did recently tweet out, “I’m not sure where the next stop in my journey will be yet but I do know that stop will be at a university.”

Jack Pilgrim, a writer at Kentucky Sports Radio, recently published a Q&A with Clark that I came across via On3.com. In that interview, Clark said in part, “Everything’s on the table right now. Every school has a fair shot.”

Several of the primary recruiting services rate him as a four-star player in the 2022 class, although Clark does check in at five stars according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite.

Nationally in this class, Clark is often rated in the top-25 to the top-35 overall, as well as a top-10 guard in 2022. Clark, who is from Nashville, Tenn., is listed as either a point guard, a combo guard or a shooting guard, depending on the recruiting service.

Analysts and scouts describe Clark as a stellar scoring guard who handles the ball well and is quite creative on the offensive end of the floor. They say that Clark is a solid playmaker, but his real strength is attacking the rim and utilizing his shot-making from the perimeter.

We’ll of course monitor whether Syracuse basketball becomes a serious contender for Clark, whose top-five squad, the Montverde Academy, is expected to receive an invite to the upcoming 2022 GEICO Nationals that will transpire from March 31 through April 2 at the Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Fort Myers, Fla.