The shock of losing his high school basketball coach has put super junior guard Stephen Clark
of Douglass (Oklahoma City)
on the brink of graduating early and heading off to college.
The wheels were set in motion when coach Terry Long took a job as head coach at Mustang (Okla.) after leading Douglass to the last three Class 4A state titles. The 5-foot-10 guard was instrumental in all three championships and this year averaged an impressive 25 points and 11 assists. During a tournament in Louisiana the third-team MaxPreps Junior All-American exploded for 65 points in a single game.
His mother, Dorshell Clark, told MaxPreps on Sunday night that if Douglass assistant coach Gerrell Thomas is promoted to the head job, her son will stay and complete his senior year. Otherwise, he's headed for college. The school will decide on the new coach within two weeks.
Meanwhile the Clarks are busily calling college to see if they are interested and still have a scholarship available.
Mrs. Clark said they have been given the green light so far by Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Florida State, Missouri, Louisville, Arkansas, Memphis, Baylor, Tulsa and Stanford. They still are waiting to hear from UConn, Kentucky and Ohio State.
Stephen Clark has a perfect 4.0 GPA and is ranked among the top five in his class. He already has enough credits to graduate this spring.
Mrs. Clark admitted, "It was a shocker to me" when Stephen came to her last week with a college proposal. "I've given him every scenario why he should stay. You can't get that high school year back. (If Thomas isn't promoted) we've got to let him go ahead and go to college."
* Elsewhere Taft (Woodland Hills, Calif.)
has promoted assistant coach C.J. Williams to the head boys basketball position. He replaces Jason Hart, who was hired as an assistant at Pepperdine University and inherits one of California's premier programs.
* Trey Lyles
of Arsenal Tech (Indianapolis)
was born in Canada and will play for the Canadian Junior National Team this summer. The 6-9 Indiana University recruit is one of the nation's premier sophomores and will be teaming with 6-7 Andrew Wiggins
, the nation's No. 1 sophomore, from Huntington Prep (W. Va.)