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Wesley Clark joins Mizzou family as ’13 point guard

One of the hottest names of July’s evaluation period was Wesley Clark, a 6-0 point guard from Romulus (MI). He stood out at the LeBron James Skills Academy, and continued his strong play throughout the month for his Michigan-based AAU team, The Family. Following his stellar performances, Clark became a consensus top-100 recruiting nationally. On Wednesday night, Clark came off the board, committing to the Missouri Tigers according to Dave Telep of ESPN.com.

Hoopniks.com ranked Clark as the No. 82 prospect in the country overall in the 2013 class, and the No. 20 point guard overall in its post-summer rankings.

After evaluating Clark at the LeBron James Skills Academy, we wrote:

 Though not overly impressive in drills, Clark really played well in two games. He is a heady guard that didn’t back down from anyone. In warm-ups and drills his shot didn’t fall consistently, but he was a consistent shot maker with good selection in game play. Clark was matched up against more regarded lead guards and got the best of opponents for much of the games. He hit a game winner in the evening session and looked to be one of the better underrated players in attendance.

Missouri also holds a pledge from point guard Travis Jorgenson in the 2013 class. He’s an in-state prospect that is doing a year at prep school this season. Between Clark and Jorgenson, Clark has the talent and overall skill level to receive first crack at point guard minutes.

A high-riser in 2013 player rankings, Clark has good intangibles and possesses admirable lead guard qualities. He’s also backed up by the fact that Missouri holds a pledge from Anton Beard, a top-50 player in the 2014 class, and a fellow guard.

Coach Frank Haith and his staff are wasting no time accumulating talent, and Clark is a good building block for the backcourt.

About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and Hoopniks.com. He founded Hoopniks.com in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's HighSchoolHoop.com, and NBCSports.com, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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