High school basketball: Stephen Clark returning to Douglass

Super Five Player of the Year had spent the last month at a Las Vegas prep school, but is returning home to play for the Trojans.
by Scott Wright Published: September 25, 2012

Stephen Clark's Las Vegas experiment is officially over.

Clark is moving back to Oklahoma City with plans to return to Douglass High School for his senior year, according to his mother, Dorshell Clark.

Stephen Clark, The Oklahoman's Super Five Player of the Year last season, spent the last month at Quest Preparatory Academy in Las Vegas, but concerns about the first-year school have prompted his return to Oklahoma.

“I gave Stephen a chance out there and we gave the school a chance,” Dorshell Clark said. “But it didn't work out, and it's time for him to come home.”

Dorshell Clark said she was bothered by unresolved concerns about the school's academic programs in relation to NCAA guidelines. She also felt that the environment in Las Vegas left her son with little protection from individuals approaching him to be his representative for college recruiting purposes — in other words, street agents.

Stephen Clark averaged 25 points and 11 assists last season for Douglass. He has been the Trojans' leading scorer for the last three years, all of which ended with Class 4A state championships.

The move to Las Vegas was spurred, in part, by the departure of Douglass coach Terry Long, who took a job at Mustang after last season. Clark did not want to finish his career under a coach other than Long, a longtime family friend.

However, he returns to a team with several experienced players under new coach Anthony Andrews.

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by Scott Wright
Reporter
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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