Virginia Lands 2018 Point Guard Kihei Clark

Kihei Clark Photo | Jon Lopez/Nike

Kihei Clark, the 5-foot-9 point guard from William Howard Taft (CA) Charter High School, committed to Virginia on Monday, his high school coach Derrick Taylor told Scout on Monday. His commitment comes the same day that he received an offer from Virginia.

“He just thinks Tony [Bennett’s] style is the perfect fit for him,” Taylor told Scout. “He really, really was blown away with his visit with Tony and talking basket with him. Tony isn’t afraid to play small guards, like London Perrantes.”

According to 247Sports, Clark is ranked as the No. 388 overall player in the Class of 2018 and the No. 46 player from the state of California. He joins Kody Stattman as the second commit in the Cavaliers 2018 class.

Before committing to Virginia, Clark was also considering UC-Davis, Santa Clara, Gonzaga, Georgia Tech, Utah, and UCLA. This summer the Nike EYBL Circuit, Clark helped the Oakland Soldiers take home a Peach Jam title, as he took home MVP honors with 18 points, 3 assists and one steal in the final game.

“His IQ is off the charts,” Taylor said. “He’s going to run the team and he understands his role and gets everybody the ball. He’s also slick and crafty and he shoots it well enough. He can hold everything together and will defend like there’s no tomorrow.”

After originally committing to UC Davis, Clark announced his decommitment in August following a very impressive summer. He received in-home visits from UCLA and Virginia this past week. As a junior in high school last year at William Howard Taft, Clark averaged 18.1 points and 7.5 assists.

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