Skyy Clark is officially a member of the University of Louisville men’s basketball program. He joins the Cards after spending half a season playing for the Illinois Illini. A 6’3 200 lbs PG, Clark will likely be an immediate impact player for Coach Kenny Payne.
✍️ It’s 𝗢𝗙𝗙𝗜𝗖𝗜𝗔𝗟! Joining #TheFamily from Los Angeles, CA … @skyyclark!— Louisville Men's Basketball (@LouisvilleMBB) April 12, 2023
As a prospect, Clark was a 4 Star ranked 34th overall in the 2022 class per 247sports. He chose Illinois after offers from uk, Auburn, Arizona State, Kansas, Florida State, Memphis, Michigan, Indiana, and North Carolina, among others. While originally from Los Angeles, CA, Clark played for Montverde Academy in FL in high school.
Welcome to The Ville @skyyclark!— Louisville Men's Basketball (@LouisvilleMBB) April 12, 2023
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Playing only 13 games for the Illini before making the decision to transfer, Clark averaged 7 points per game on 41.1-percent shooting and 33.3-percent from beyond the arc. He also averaged 3.7 rebounds per game and 2.1 assists per game per ESPN.
.@CoachKennyPayne on what @skyyclark is bringing to The Ville.#GoCards pic.twitter.com/YdGaNnvRcD— Louisville Men's Basketball (@LouisvilleMBB) April 12, 2023
Clark will now be relied upon to help UofL find its form after a 4-win season. He isn’t the last new face that will join the program, but he may be its most important as he will have big shoes to fill with the departure of guard El Ellis. One thing is a fact, Skyy Clark has the talent to do so.
Below, check out the official press release from Louisville Athletics welcoming Skyy Clark:
Press Release from Louisville Athletics:
UofL MBB: Cardinals Add Transfer Guard Skyy Clark
Los Angeles native comes to Louisville after playing his freshman season at the University of Illinois.
Date: April 12, 2023
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The University of Louisville men’s basketball program announced Wednesday the signing of transfer Skyy Clark to the 2023-24 roster.
Clark – a 6-foot-3 guard from Los Angeles – joins the Cardinals after transferring from Illinois following his freshman season.
“We’re fortunate to have an elite point guard in Skyy who’s very talented and gifted, but more importantly has the character needed to be a Louisville Cardinal,” UofL head coach Kenny Payne said. “His ability to score, distribute and run a basketball team as a leader is what we need. In order to truly change a culture, you need guys that have the mental makeup on and off the court to do the right things, and he’s an example of one of the players that this community will love watching grow.”
Clark played in the first 13 games with Illinois with 12 starts in 2022-23, averaging 7.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Highlights included a career-high 19 points against Lindenwood and a 10-point, five-rebound effort in a victory over UCLA.
Clark spent his senior year of high school at Montverde Academy, which won the Geico Nationals championship. Prior to that, he attended Ensworth High School in Nashville, Tenn., where he averaged 26.4 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists.
Clark was a Third-Team MaxPreps Sophomore All-American at Heritage Christian in Northridge, Calif, averaging 25.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.5 steals.