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Little All-City boys basketball Player of the Year: Life moving quickly for Douglass' Stephen Clark

Stephen Clark has received scholarship offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Connecticut, Missouri, Florida State, Marquette and over a dozen more.
by Scott Wright Published: April 6, 2012
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On the basketball court, Douglass junior Stephen Clark is as quick as they come, and life outside the gym is getting pretty fast, too.

Clark, The Oklahoman's Little All-City Boys Basketball Player of the Year, has received scholarship offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Connecticut, Missouri, Florida State, Marquette and over a dozen more. National champ Kentucky has begun to contact him as well, following his junior season in which he averaged 25 points and 11 assists per game.

He's currently in Germany representing the United States in the annual Albert Schweitzer Invitational.

Here are Clark's thoughts on a variety of topics, including the family atmosphere of Douglass basketball, the pressures of becoming a point guard, the feeling of being followed by MTV cameras during the season for an upcoming documentary and the hectic nature of national recruiting.

I played two years with my brother DeAngelo, and this year, my younger brother Deondre was on the team. It's fun playing with them, because most people don't get to play on the same team with their brothers too often. Playing with them, we've been able to build a strong relationship. I can understand them and get to know them better.

Coach (Terry) Long works on that family bond with the team. In the offseason, we always worked out at 5 o'clock in the morning and he made sure everybody was there, varsity or junior varsity. You never know when that JV guy would get called up to come play, so he wanted to make sure you were ready.

After those workouts, a lot of the players would go to somebody's house and chill for a little bit, then go home and the next day, it's back to the same stuff. Doing that, we built relationships and we could push everybody and make the team better.

Everywhere we go, we have to do stuff as a team. We always wear the same type of T-shirts. It's not about one guy or two guys, it's about being a team.

This year, I wanted to make my team better, make the game more comfortable for the other players, like DeVonte Smith did for me when I was a freshman. DeVonte was always the guy who pushed me. He was the point guard, and I always looked up to him, because I wanted to be in his shoes one day.

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by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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