Tennessee Basketball Lands In Top-Six For Former Kentucky Commit

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    A day after Tennessee visited him in Florida, five-star point guard Skyy Clark included the Vols in his top-six.

    Clark’s top-six includes a strong diversity of schools across the country including USC, Illinois, Maryland, Louisville and Washington.

    Clark was committed to Kentucky for nearly 18 months before backing off his pledge to the Wildcats earlier this month. In the time since his commitment, Clark tore his ACL, transferred high schools, returned from his injury and Kentucky put together one of the best recruiting classes in the country.

    Still, it doesn’t appear that Kentucky told Clark he was no longer wanted and the point-guard just to open his recruitment on his own accord.

    The 6-foot-3 point guard ranks as a five-star according to the 247sports composite rankings. Clark lands as the nation’s 27th best prospect and fifth best point guard.

    While Clark’s top six includes very different schools there are interesting connections/storylines related to a handful of them.

    Clark grew up in California helping explain some comfortability with the west coast Washington and USC. Both Louisville and Maryland have recently hired new head coaches and Clark could be a program-spark. Not to mention the obvious rivalry between Kentucky and Louisville.

    Brad Underwood has built Illinois into one of the Big 10’s best programs and the Illini lost sophomore guard Andre Curbelo to the transfer portal earlier this offseason.

    The point guard spent his final prep year at Florida’s Montverde Academy, but before that lived in Nashville for a year playing at the Ensworth School. Clark’s family still resides in Nashville.

    Rick Barnes and Tennessee’s lone commit in the 2022 cycle in another point guard — B.J. Edwards. Since landing Edwards’ commitment in July, Tennessee has primarily targeted wings and big men while going after a few other guards — mostly shooting guards.

    Tennessee is currently pushing hard to land five-star power forward Julian Phillips — who considered the Vols before signing with LSU. Phillips is back on the market after LSU terminated Will Wade.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.