Duke basketball staff should be sky-high on Kentucky target

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Are the Duke basketball coaches looking to the Skyy for an answer at guard?

Brentwood Academy (Tenn.) combo guard Skyy Clark, a renowned artist in terms of his imaginative ways at creating space off the dribble, received a call on Monday from the Duke basketball staff.

No offer to Clark has resulted from the contact, which coincided with "Opening Day" for college programs to directly reach out to rising high school juniors. But that doesn't imply Mike Krzyzewski and his assistants won't or shouldn't seriously target the 6-foot-2, 200-pound five-star in due time.

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Clark, who ranks No. 18 overall on the 247Sports 2022 Composite and boasts a host of slick perimeter skills, has received roughly 20 offers to date. Also, it's no secret that Kentucky head coach John Calipari and his gang have been eyeing the 16-year-old for months, even hosting him for an unofficial visit in February.

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Plus, per Kentucky Sports Radio writer Jack Pilgrim, the recruiters in Lexington made sure early Monday morning to hit up his father, former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Kenny Clark, before dialing up the prospect himself hours later. Add to that the Wildcats' lead inside the 247Sports Crystal Ball and the fact Skyy Clark's fullback-like thighs were advertising Kentucky via the shorts he was wearing during an open run on Saturday:

No need for the Duke basketball suitors to back off

Any shared feelings between Clark and Kentucky shouldn't scare off Coach K & Co., though. After all, since he has neither named finalists nor scheduled official visits, there appears to be ample time for the Blue Devils to make up ground in the race (should they choose to try, of course). Besides, the explosive athlete hinted in his SI blog on Wednesday that the process of picking a school has only just begun:

"The recruitment is getting more fun now that we can talk to the coaches directly. I’ve heard from a lot of schools like North Carolina, Duke, Kentucky, DePaul, TCU, Stanford, Florida State, BYU, Penn, and others. It’s all a blessing to me. I feel honored when any school hits me up. It’s a blessing to be in a position where coaches want you at their school."

No Duke offers are yet on the table to 2022 recruits.

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