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N.C. State makes offer to Clayton standout

Clayton's Gary Clark (11) drives left baseline against Smithfield-Selma's Zay Best (12) during a game last season.
Clayton's Gary Clark (11) drives left baseline against Smithfield-Selma's Zay Best (12) during a game last season. newsobserver.com

Clayton’s Gary Clark picked up two more scholarship offers from Atlantic Coast Conference schools following an impressive performance last weekend in the Peach Jam in South Carolina.

Clark, a 6-foot-7, 205-pound forward, added offers from N.C. State and Maryland to his assortment of ACC schools wanting his services come the fall of 2014.

He helped the CP3 All-Stars advance to the championship game of the event before they fell to Florida-based E1T1, which featured UNC recruit Joel Berry and Duke commit Grayson Allen.

Clark now has offers from six ACC members: Clemson, Maryland, Miami, Pittsburgh, N.C. State and Wake Forest. He also has offers from 11 others Division I programs, including East Carolina, Virginia Commonwealth, Cincinnati, Wichita State and Xavier.

His strong summer with the CP3 All-Stars has built on his impressive junior campaign at Clayton High School where he helped lead the Comets to the eastern regionals while averaging 24 points, 14 rebounds and four blocked shots a game while earning all-state honors and being named the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference player of the year.

Clark plans to have a college decision made by the start of the 2013-14 high school season.

“Gary is going to make some visits in the fall and plans to make his decision before our season begins,” said Clayton High coach Denny Medlin. “He wants to have that process behind him when high school season starts.”

The early NCAA signing period runs Nov. 13-20. The spring signing period starts April 16, 2014.

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