By LARRY VAUGHT
With the way Kentucky coach John Calipari likes to involve his players in life lessons that include more than basketball, it would seem that point guard Skyy Clark would be a perfect fit.
Calipari believes in servant leadership for his players and Clark, a 6-2 junior now living in Nashville, already has that calling it seems.
Clark, 16, participated in the recent protests in Nashville over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. His father, Kenny, said his son wanted his parents also to come so they did.
“When he came to us and said wanted to do that, it was like, ‘Let’s go. We are with you 100 percent,’” Kenny Clark said.
A few days after the first major protest in Nashville that resulted in some property damage in the downtown area, Clark went on social media — he has over 200,000 followers on Instagram at age 16 — to organize a cleanup. He helped remove graffiti from the courthouse.
“He just wanted to help set the right example for people,” Kenny Clark said. “He’s really come into his own. He got a lot of support for what he was doing. He’s just a 16-year-old kid who wants a chance to make a difference.”
Even Darius Garland, the fifth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, came out to support Clark’s cleanup effort.
Clark already has scholarship offers from the nation’s top schools, including Kentucky. He moved from Los Angeles to Nashville a few months ago to play at Brentwood Academy. He’s also now sharing insights into his life and recruitment with si.com on a regular basis.
“With everything that’s been going on in the world, I’ve been a lot more active speaking out against social injustice and just organizing in my new community here in Nashville,” he posted on his blog recently. “I would definitely consider myself a freedom fighter. God gave me a huge platform and I feel like it’s my duty to use it to speak on things that need to be spoken out on.”
He’s certainly doing that and combined with his extraordinary skills on the basketball court, he just seems like a player custom made to play for Calipari.