Terrence Clark
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With the conclusion of the three July evaluation periods, the first 247Sports player rankings in the 2021 class have been compiled.

Although the options at the top were impressive, the pole position in the initial list came down to Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Academy guard Terrence Clarke and Sussex (Wisc.) Hamilton wing Patrick Baldwin Jr.

While it’s certainly close between the two, we opted for Clarke, who averaged 13 points a game at the Nike Peach Jam this past July.

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The 6-foot-6 guard is an impressive long-term prospect that has the ability to impact the game on both ends of the court. To go with his size for the position, Clarke also has plus athleticism, length and speed.

Clarke is an aggressive scorer that handles the ball well and adept to creating shot opportunities for himself and others off the dribble. He already has a middle game is a particularly good finisher at the rim. There’s potential defensively too, as he’s quick laterally, can guard multiple positions and plays with energy.

While Clarke topped the initial rankings, Baldwin was strongly considered for the spot.

Patrick Baldwin
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Standing 6-foot-8, Baldwin has terrific size for the wing position. Baldwin’s biggest strength at this stage is his ability to make jump shots. His mechanics and shot preparation are superb and his range extends well past the three-point stripe.

Baldwin had a strong summer playing for Phenom University and he wasn’t just effective as a shooter from distance. He showed high IQ, an ability to finish around the goal and impressive passing ability. There’s significant upside here.

The Next Group

While Clarke and Baldwin were the only two prospects legitimately considered for the No. 1 spot in the first 2021 rankings, there are some very good prospects ranked after them.

Combo forward Jonathan Kuminga checked in at No. 3. As a rising sophomore, Kuminga is one of the few rising sophomores that played and made an impact in the Nike EYBL. Playing for the NY Rens, Kuminga showed versatility, athleticism and a knack for rebounding.

The No. 4 prospect is the second recruit on the list to hail from Milwaukee. Michael Foster is a gifted offensive player that has versatility, touch and unique scoring package at 6-foot-9.

The No. 5 player on the list is Las Vegas native Jaden Hardy, who was one of the best players at the prestigious Nike Elite 100 camp in June. Hardy is a high-level scorer that can create with his dribble and shoots the ball well from long-range.

The list, which extends to a top 15, also includes Paolo Banchero, Aminu Mohammed, Mousa Diabate, Moussa Cisse, JT Thor, Adrian Griffin, Trey Patterson, Franck Kepneg, Khristian Lander and Nathan Bittle.