Indiana making a push for class of 2014 forward Marvin Clark

  • 02/17/2014 3:10 pm in

Indiana’s recruiting efforts for the class of 2014 have continued into the late winter as the Hoosiers look to add to a three-man class that features James Blackmon Jr., Robert Johnson and Max Hoetzel.

One of the targets who will be on campus for one of IU’s remaining home games is Sunrise Christian Academy (Kan.) forward Marvin Clark, a 6-foot-7, 225 pound forward.

According to Sunrise Christian Academy coach Kyle Lindsted, Clark has already visited Kansas State, Iowa State and Seton Hall and also has interest from Michigan State. He’ll visit Bloomington for the Ohio State game on the weekend of March 1-2.

“(Indiana’s interest) probably started about a month or a month and a half ago,” Lindsted told Inside the Hall. “They just recently came in and we nailed down the date for the visit on the first weekend in March.”

Clark, who was originally a member of the 2013 class, moved to the 2014 class upon arriving at Sunrise Christian. Since that time, Clark has undergone plenty of growth both on and off the court, according to Lindsted.

Many of the obstacles he’s overcome off the court are documented in a short film released in May of last year on YouTube.

“I think the growth of him as a player and as a person go hand in hand,” Lindsted said. “Since the first time we laid our eyes on Marv, he’s been exceptionally talented and very athletic. When he came to Sunrise, obviously the work ethic had to change. It was the first time he had to just do more than just be more talented than everybody else.”

Lindsted admitted there were times he believed that Clark would not last with the structure and hard work that is required at Sunrise Christian.

“I think he almost quit several times just because he had never experienced anything like that,” Lindsted. “And now, nothing could be further from the truth. He’s gotten tougher, he’s working harder and he’s got confidence in himself. A kid going through the things that Marv’s been through with his past, he’s just starting to gain confidence in himself as a man.”

Playing on Sunrise Christian’s postgraduate team, Clark is averaging around 22 points and seven rebounds per game and Lindsted describes him as one of the program’s leaders.

He’ll likely arrive on a college campus next fall with the ability to play either forward spot, but his best attribute right now besides the athleticism and strength is his shooting.

“He’s a shooter,” Lindsted said. “He’s such a big kid, a strong kid and it’s going to take somebody that has some understanding to say ‘hey listen, we know you can play the three or the four, but your strength is a shooter.’ Physically, he’s just a freak athlete. He’s 6-7, he’s got crazy bounce and he can put it on the floor and go to the rim pretty well because he’s added strength.”

Clark is rated just No. 243 overall in the 247Composite, but missed the summer with a fracture to his fifth metatarsal sustained in a workout.

That setback led to less exposure, but Clark is squarely back on the radar now as one of the better players still available in the country.

“He was top 15 in the EYBL in scoring when he cracked his foot and had to have surgery,” Lindsted said. “And then you have to remember, this kid was basically a homeless kid playing pickup ball at a YMCA when somebody found him. He’s only played organized basketball for a very short time, that’s why we thought it was good for him to get two years at Sunrise.

“I’d say if he’s healthy and he’s on the radar, he’s a top 50 guy in this class. But he’s under the radar, which is fine. He’s still going to get big results.”

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  • JetpackJunky

    Man. You really stick to that track hunh? Where does the staying in hotels thing even come from?

    HMP was arrested on a Thursday night. Thirsty Thursday.

  • BeatWisconsin

    Sorry – Thursday night (which is still NOT even on a weekend, ya know, when ordinary college kids party).

    Not sure where the the hotel thing came from or if it is even true – but if it is, this means Crean is well aware of the off court break down of the team and is doing his best to control it. If true, the staying in the hotel thing is HUGE and would explain the lack of focus of the team (e.g., JH), why Luke left (wanted no part of that culture; thought he was coming to try to get to the Pros), and makes HMP’s DUI just the latest in off court distractions that Crean is aware of.

  • ForeverIU

    Why the down arrows? Did my comment come off as sarcastic? It is not how I meant it. Someone please enlighten me.

  • Shaggy_C

    Athletes typically have exemptions from Friday classes since they are often traveling for away games on the weekends – was the case for the football team back when I was in school. Not only that, but the team had a game on Saturday; it wasn’t like he could go party on Friday night and be all hungover on game day. I don’t blame him one bit for wanting to be out and about and living life like a normal college student at the “#1 Party School”. Blame him for driving after drinking – that was stupid. Being young and having a night on the town when you have a free day the next day? Not so much.

  • BeatWisconsin

    Respectfully disagree. I think no, or very little, partying is part of representing IU on the basketball court given that even minor detriments to your health and condition can cost the team a game (or cause a bad practice or lack of focus).

  • JetpackJunky

    Sure, but you also think ordinary college kids stay in on Thursdays so I doubt anyone wants you making their party decisions.

  • BeatWisconsin

    Good points. We don’t know if they are having to stay in a hotel or not – should probably drop it.

    I think I went out one time on a Thursday night (my senior year, when already admitted to law school). I was determined to succeed at a high level. Guess that is what I would expect out of every player on the team DURING the season (agree with Dakich’s honor and privilege thing). It is clear that not all the players agree and that not all the people on this board agree. Now, if you are playing D2, then party all you want ….

  • Shaggy_C

    Geez, that’s a bit extreme. I guess I can see your point to a certain extent – if you have a chance to be the best of the best, you need to make that your overriding priority above all else. In that sense I would be much more disappointed if this same situation had come up for Vonleh or Yogi Ferrell. But by the same token, you can’t turn the entire team into a virtual prison of study halls, workouts, and film breakdowns – these are still kids, and they deserve to have some semblance of a normal college life.

  • ForeverIU

    Ha, I suppose someone tried to enlighten me, and their comment was deleted. Thanks for saving me the heartache Moderator. I never had the honor of reading.

  • HoosierPat

    All I’m really saying is that it was weird for him to leave like that. Apparently people don’t like to acknowledge a possibility that could be negative.

  • CreanFaithful

    What down arrows? They seem to be disabled for me… I’ve been trying to hand out several of them to no avail 😉

  • ForeverIU

    New down-arrow system. It’s either down-arrow or no down-arrow. Doesn’t keep a count of down-arrows anymore, apparently.