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Summer stock-riser Wesley Clark commits to Missouri

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

Phil Pressey still has two more years at Missouri, but head coach Frank Haith ensured the Tigers won't miss a beat when Pressey leaves.

Wesley Clark – who may have boosted his stock more than any other point guard during the summer – popped for Missouri on Wednesday.

“It was because of the coaching staff,” Clark told “I had a real good connection with them and I feel like it is a good spot for me.”

Clark's list was filled with regional schools like Cleveland State, Akron, Dayton, Bowling Green and others heading into the AAU season. Bigger schools were sniffing around, but most were not willing to extend scholarship offers.

That all changed during the summer, when Clark blew up at the LeBron James Skills Academy and then continued his stellar play throughout the month. Suddenly, there was plenty of high-majors pursuing Clark: Connecticut, Pittsburgh, San Diego State, Michigan State, Syracuse, Illinois.

Missouri won out, though, after Clark took a visit to the Columbia campus recently.

Clark, a 6-foot point guard from Romulus (Mich.), is the second member of Missouri's 2013 class, joining fellow point guard Travis Jorgenson. Talented wing scorer Zach Coleman had pledged to the Tigers, but decommitted last week. Top-100 point guard Anton Beard is committed for the class of 2014.

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