Teel Time: Hokies target Chris Clarke's consistency shows again at NBPA Top 100 Camp
By By David Teel
Jun 19, 2014 | 1:34 PM
Chris Clarke averaged 14.5 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting 61.1 percent Wednesday at the National Basketball Players Association Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville. Boo Williams was not surprised.
A rising senior forward at Cape Henry Collegiate in Virginia Beach, Clarke has played 16 games this spring for Williams' Hampton Roads team in Nike's Elite Youth League.
"He knows what he can do and just does it," Williams said. "He doesn't force anything."
That self-realization made Clarke not the flashiest player on Williams' team but the most reliable. His 16-game averages of 13.3 points, 7.6 rebounds and 60-percent shooting are virtually identical to his two-game numbers Tuesday at the NBPA Camp, held at the University of Virginia's John Paul Jones Arena.
Another example of Clarke's consistency: He has shot 50 percent or better in 15 of 16 games with Williams. His worst accuracy was 6-of-14, just one make shy of 50 percent.
Clarke is 6-foot-6, 185 pounds, and Williams describes him as a small forward who occasionally plays as an undersized power forward. Williams had a similarly styled player back in the 1980s who turned out well: current Old Dominion assistant coach Bryant Stith.
Not to forecast for Clarke the All-America college career Stith fashioned at Virginia, or his subsequent decade in the NBA. Clarke is not as renowned a prospect as Stith, and indeed, Williams said he had to lobby at the 11th-hour to land Clarke in the NBPA Camp.
Clarke this week told Rivals.com that Virginia Tech, Creighton, Tennessee, Alabama, East Carolina and Minnesota are recruiting him most aggressively. The website lists Old Dominion, Maryland, Iowa State and Kansas State as also having offered a scholarship.
New Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams and his staff are courting two other Boo Williams players: point guard Justin Robinson from the St. James (Md.) School near Washington, D.C., and shooting guard Kenny Williams from L.C. Bird High near Richmond.
Kenny Williams also is attending the Top 100 camp, and his Wednesday was quiet: 10 combined points, 1-of-5 from beyond the arc in two games.
But Williams was far from quiet playing for Boo in the EYBL. He averaged 14.7 points and made 46.9 percent of his threes in 12 games — he missed four with an ankle injury. At the EYBL's first stop, in Sacramento, Calif., Williams shot 16-of-26 (61.5 percent) from beyond the arc.
According to Rivals, Williams also has offers from Indiana, VCU, William and Mary, ODU, Cincinnati, Memphis, Minnesota and Saint Joseph's. Quite the range of programs and conferences there, especially when you add the Virginia Tech/ACC flavor.
Williams, Robinson, Clarke and their Boo teammates conclude EYBL competition next month at the Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C. Unlike this week's NBPA Camp and the EYBL session that was in Hampton last month, the Peach Jam falls during a live evaluation period in which college coaches can attend.
With only one scholarship presently available for the 2015 class, Virginia is being more selective with its offers than most. The Charlottesville Daily Progress' Whitey Reid profiled one Top 100 camper, Luke Maye of Huntersville, N.C., whom the Cavaliers may offer. He's the son of former North Carolina quarterback Mark Maye.
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