NEW YORK – The Phoenix Suns drafted Rahway native Earl Clark with the 14th overall pick in the NBA Draft last Thursday.
Clark scored 1,245 career points at Rahway High School. The 6-foot-9 swingman joined Louisville’s starting lineup late during his freshman year in 2007.
Clark considered turning pro last year and he was projected as a possible late first-round pick, but he decided to return to Louisville for his senior season.
The Suns finished the season with a 46-36 record, but still missed the playoffs. They dealt Shaquille O’Neal to Cleveland last week and are entering a rebuilding phase.
Steve Kerr, Phoenix’s team president and general manager, said that Clark’s versatility was appealing because he could play both small and power forward.
“He can shoot the ball,” Kerr said in an interview with ESPN. “He can handle it a little bit. I really like his defensive abilities.”
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