How Virginia-Bound Guard Kihei Clark Earned High-Major Looks

How Virginia-Bound Guard Kihei Clark Earned High-Major Looks

How Virginia-Bound Guard Kihei Clark Earned High-Major Looks

Kihei Clark stepped onto the biggest stage of the summer as one of the smallest players and with perhaps even lighter expectations. Yet, that didn’t stop the 5-foot-9 guard from playing like a superstar in a Nike Peach Jam filled with next-level talent.

After struggling at times during the Nike EYBL regular season, especially with shooting the basketball, and following his commitment to UC-Davis in late May, Clark elevated his game to a crazy high level at the Riverview Park Activities Center in North Augusta, SC, to help the Oakland Soldiers (CA) earn the Peach Jam crown in July.

Most importantly, Clark, a 2018 prospect who boasts a high basketball IQ, rose to the occasion when it mattered most: elimination games.

Clark scored 16 points in the quarterfinals against E1T1 (FL), poured in 14 more in the semifinals against Boo Williams (VA), and dropped a team-high 18 points in the championship against Team Takeover (DC).

For the eight-game run, Clark averaged 10.3 points on 44 percent shooting from 3-point range while adding 2.5 assists.

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The result? A slew of high-major interest, a decommitment from UC-Davis, and now a pledge to Virginia.


It’s crazy how one tournament can change the future outlook for a prospect, but Clark deserves the praise and his stellar play helped take his talents to the high-major level where he belongs.


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