Terrence Clarke is the No. 1 rated basketball prospect in the class of 2021, according to 247 sports. Listed at 6-foot-6, Clarke is a long, athletic wing who runs with Expressions Elite on the Nike EYBL circuit. He’s from the Boston area but will transfer to a school Syracuse Orange fans are surely familiar with this fall (Brewster Academy) and was just offered by the SU coaching staff last month.
After playing in the SLAM Summer Classic at Dyckman this past weekend, Clarke talked of his Syracuse recruitment.
Clarke noted that the Syracuse coaching staff thinks his game will translate to the Orange system and to the ACC. Given his height and length, he’s a prototypical Syracuse player that would fit in the 2-3 zone. He’ll take a visit up to Syracuse this weekend for the Elite Camp on August 25th.
“[I] Talk to some of the coaches,” Clarke said. “I just can’t wait to visit out there on the 25th going to the camps.”
Clarke said his primary recruiter is Gerry McNamara.
“He just wants me to keep working,” Clarke said of the conversation with McNamara. “Knowing I’m coming to the camp he really just wants me to work on my game. Right now it’s just about being better.”
As mentioned, Clarke will play his sophomore high school basketball season at Brewster, a program that has funneled the likes of C.J. Fair and Buddy Boeheim (more like Syracuse to Brewster in Buddy’s case) to Syracuse. While Clarke acknowledged that the relationship between coaching staffs doesn’t mean a whole lot now, it is something to keep an eye on moving forward.
Still, with three high school basketball seasons left, there’s no rushing Clarke’s college decision. He’ll assuredly rack up more offers this year and look to trim his recruitment around this time next year.
“Probably my junior year, probably next year around this time,” Clarke said of trimming his list of colleges. “But right now I’m not really focused on that. I’m just trying to get better.”
As it stands now, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Rutgers, Georgetown and UConn have all offered Clarke, among others. Expect high profile schools to extend offers in the near future.