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ACC Recruiting: UNC’s Big Miss

As Kentucky picks off a big target

Kentucky v North Carolina
 MEMPHIS, TN - MARCH 26: Head coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tar Heels and head coach John Calipari of the Kentucky Wildcats walk off the court before their game during the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament South Regional at FedExForum on March 26, 2017 in Memphis, Tennessee.
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There’s still plenty of time for Plan B, but Kentucky put a crimp in UNC’s hopes and plans Thursday when Skyy Clark committed to the Wildcats.

A 6-3 point guard from the Nashville area, Clark will enroll in 2022 assuming me doesn’t reclassify to 2021- hence the time to recover - but he would have been a big catch for Ol’ Roy and the Heels.

It would have been good for another reason: last year’s 14-19 flameout, along with the disappointing one-and-done season by Cole Anthony, needs a tonic. Getting Clark would have been very useful in that regard.

He’s widely seen as a rising star and on the fast track to the NBA.

Of course you can never really tell with a young player. He might be really good but you can’t predict his psychology, much less his physical development, let alone how other people are going to develop.

Duke saw this with Chris Burgess and Elton Brand and, in a different sense, Joey Beard, who was very highly rated but who wasn’t mentally or physically ready for Duke.

So even though it is a hit we’d reserve judgement. You don’t know who UNC will find instead and anyway, there’s another Clark down the road: little brother ZZ is in the class of 2024 and getting recruiting love already.