The wild roller-coaster ride the last month has been appears to finally be over for Douglass basketball standout Stephen Clark.
In a text message to The Oklahoman late Monday night, his mother, Dorshell Clark, confirmed that her son will remain at Douglass for his senior season, rather than graduate early to enter college in the fall.
“Stephen advised me (Monday night) that he wants to stay in school and complete his senior season,” Dorshell Clark said. “He said he didn't give himself enough time to make such a big decision.”
Stephen Clark had been looking into opportunities at a half-dozen or more colleges for the fall, but he'll have four times as many possibilities by staying in the 2013 class. Harvard is the latest program to come on board in pursuit of the 5-foot-11, 175-pound point guard, who has more than 25 scholarship offers.
Clark averaged 25 points and 11 assists as a junior, leading the Trojans to their third consecutive state championship. By staying, he'll get one more season with his younger brother, Deondre, who plays basketball, but has developed into a highly targeted football prospect. He will be a junior in the fall, but already has seven major-college offers, including Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and LSU.
One piece of the Douglass basketball puzzle remains unsolved, however. The Trojans still don't have a coach, following Terry Long's departure to take the head job at Mustang.
Hall of Fame coach Phil Ingersoll, who worked as the athletic director for Oklahoma City Public Schools until February 2011, had accepted the job, but had the offer rescinded last week. Yet that volatile situation has calmed, according to Ingersoll, who recently met with OKCPS Superintendent Karl Springer.
“I got to meet with the superintendent and he took full responsibility for what we both saw as mistakes in the interview and job offer process,” Ingersoll said. “He said he could not recommend me to the Board of Directors because of the totality of our relationship.
“Now I can move on with my life, and I wish the Douglass program all the luck, and hopefully success, in the world.”