Senior standout Gary Clark and Clayton are in the spotlight as N.C. High School Athletic Association schools begin boys’ basketball play this week.
Clark, a 6-foot-7 forward, averaged 24.8 points and 14.4 rebounds in 2012-13 and led the Comets to a 28-3 season and a berth in the state quarterfinals. Last year, the Comets had a strong inside-outside attack led by Clark and graduated guard Anthony Gaskins.
“Last year, you could just say we had two snakeheads between me and (Gaskins) and this year we have a much more spread out offensive and defensive structure,” Clark said.
“And I think you can expect more out of the rest of the guys coming off our bench and the other four guys on the floor with me. So you can expect a lot more out of our entire team.”
Clark has focused on his conditioning and endurance, even though he averaged 30 minutes a game last season. He is a Cincinnati recruit but is looking forward to his senior season in his hometown.
“It’s my senior year. I grew up here. I was raised here,” he said. “Coming up in the community watching Coach (Denny) Medlin accomplish all that he has, it really means a lot.
“Coach Medlin and I have gotten really close. And it’s going to be a great experience to go out and play one more season with all my friends from middle school that I’ve played with for so long.”
Clark joins Northern Durham’s Ricky Council and Apex’s T.J. Evans as returning All-Metro players.
D. Clay Best, J. Mike Blake and W.E. Warnock contributed to this story.
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