By LARRY VAUGHT
Certainly COVID-19 has changed recruiting for college football and basketball but nothing seems to slow down Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari.
He was busy contacting several recruits this week as soon as NCAA rules allowed him to do so with 2022 recruits.
I don’t think it was an accident that Calipari was the first coach to reach out to 2022 standout Skyy Clark, the top rated combination guard in the 2022 class and 18th rated player overall even though many expect him to keep climbing in the rankings.
Clark recently moved from Los Angeles to Nashville where he will play his final two high school seasons for Brentwood Academy. The five-star guard wasted no time getting involved with more than basketball in Nashville as he helped organize a cleanup effort in downtown areas after protests led to riots and looting.
The 6-2 guard averaged 24.9 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.5 steals per game at Heritage Christian last year while shooting 50 percent overall from the field and 85 percent at the foul line.
He has scholarship offers already from Florida State, Auburn, Kansas, Arizona, Tennessee, Oregon, Arizona State, Indiana, Memphis, Ohio State and others.
While there has been some speculation that Clark could reclassify to the 2021 class, he will not turn 17 until late July.
Clark made a trip to Lexington last year to watch Kentucky beat Auburn in Rupp Arena.