Just because Oklahoma City Douglass defensive end Deondre Clark saw it coming, it didn’t make the news any easier to take.
Deondre’s older brother, ESPN 100 point guard Stevie Clark, has transferred from Oklahoma City Douglass to Quest Prep Academy in Las Vegas, confirmed his mother, Dorshell, on Saturday afternoon.
“He left today,” Dorshell said. “I’m really freaking out. He wants to go and try it. He wants to start becoming a responsible young man is what he told me and start developing himself for college and making decisions for himself.”
The decision ends months of speculation and options to what Stevie, who is 5-foot-10 and 160 pounds and ranked No. 59 in the ESPN 100, was going to do for his senior season.
Stevie considered skipping his senior season and enrolling into college early, but the family decided against that option earlier this summer. What it came down to was the fact that Quest will be able to play a traveling schedule and give Stevie the chance to compete against the best of the best in the nation.
Quest is going to make Stevie the face of its program, Dorshell said.
“They will have a traveling schedule. Douglass won’t have that,” Dorshell said. “With Coach [Terry] Long gone, they don’t have the funds. He said he didn’t want to play in-state schools. It wasn’t going to make him any better. I understand that point.”
Oklahoma City Douglass has won three consecutive Class 4A Oklahoma state basketball championships with Stevie and he was named the Gatorade Oklahoma Player of the Year last season.
The idea of leaving was put into his head when former Douglass coach Terry Long took the same position at Mustang, Okla. The Clark family contemplated moving to Mustang, but Dorshell didn’t think it was best for her sons.
Stevie has more than 30 offers on the hardwood, and Dorshell said she doesn’t believe the move will impact her son’s recruitment.
“The teams that have offered him and want him will still come after him,” Dorshell said. “We’re not worried about that. We’re not going to make a decision until the spring. We want to play out his senior season and see what happens.”
Although the list can change, Dorshell said the frontrunners for Stevie are Oklahoma State, Baylor, UCLA, Missouri, Connecticut and Florida State, in no particular order.
Dorshell said Stevie’s dream school is Kentucky. They have had some contact with the Wildcats coaching staff but Stevie does not have an offer.
Dorshell said if things do not work out initially for Stevie, he will come back home. But Quest is already trying to make a big impression on the Clark family.
“They emailed me a logo and called him the ‘face of Quest’ with a picture of Stevie,” Dorshell said. “He wants to get better, and he has earned that right. He wants to prove he can be the best point guard, shooting guard, defensive player of the year. He wants to prove he can do it all.”
Stevie is ranked No. 14 at point guard and was the No. 1 prospect in Oklahoma. Primarily a shooting guard as a freshman and sophomore, Stevie became an all-around threat his junior season.
He averaged 25 points and 11 assists per game last season. He showed could still score, though, notching 65 points and 51 points in back-to-back games in January.