Ex-Louisville guard Skyy Clark reveals where he’ll transfer to.

Louisville, Kentucky – Skyy Clark, having opted to depart the Louisville men’s basketball program at the close of their 2023-24 season, has become the first former Cardinal to select his new team.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound guard disclosed on Wednesday evening that he has committed to UCLA. This marks a return home for Clark, who hails from Los Angeles, California.

“It’s home,” Clark expressed to On3’s Joe Tipton. “I was raised in LA. I was recruited by (Mick) Cronin and the coaching staff in the past and I trust in their vision for the team and for me.”

Following the dismissal of second-year head coach Kenny Payne on Mar. 13, Clark entered the transfer portal nine days later, joining the ranks of six out of 11 Cardinals who opted to transfer this offseason. Louisville, with the significant exodus from the portal, finds itself without any returning scholarship players for the upcoming 2024-25 season.

During the 2023-24 season, Clark played in 29 of Louisville’s 32 games, starting in 28. He emerged as the Cardinals’ leading scorer, averaging 13.2 points per game with a field goal percentage of 41.2 and a three-point percentage of 35.3. Additionally, Clark contributed 3.1 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game, leading Louisville in made three-point field goals with 47.

Clark had joined Louisville last offseason after a freshman year at Illinois. In the 2022-23 season’s first 13 games, he made 12 starts, averaging 7.0 points, 3.7 assists, and 2.1 rebounds per game, with shooting percentages of 41.1 from the field and 33.3 from three-point range.

Amidst that season, Clark announced his temporary withdrawal from basketball due to “personal reasons.” He did not return to play for the Fighting Illini and entered the portal after the season’s conclusion.

With only walk-on guard Hercy Miller set to return from the previous season’s roster, new head coach Pat Kelsey and his staff have swiftly taken to the recruiting trail. Over the past five days, the Cardinals secured commitments from transfers Reyne Smith and James Scott, both of whom played under Kelsey at Charleston, as well as former James Madison standout and 2024 Sun Belt Player of the Year Terrence Edwards Jr.

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