Je'Lani Clark, a highly regarded high school recruit, seems unlikely to play for the Wolf Pack this season after not being enrolled in classes this fall.
Clark joined the Wolf Pack over the summer and took part in team drills but his name was recently removed from Nevada's online roster. The Wolf Pack told Nevada Sports Net that Clark was not currently enrolled in classes but did not offer further explanation.
“Je’Lani Clark is not enrolled at Nevada for the fall semester," the Wolf Pack told NSN in a statement. "Due to privacy laws, we cannot comment any further.”
The 6-foot-3 Clark, who has not returned a message sent to him Friday, is a combo guard from Archbishop Riordan High School, which was one of the nation's top teams last season. He was named the San Francisco region Player of the Year by the San Francisco Chronicle after averaging 15.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.7 steals as a senior.
"Je’Lani was somebody we’d been recruiting, but we got on him when the season started to unfold because we saw how he was very aggressive with the basketball and his shooting had drastically improved from his junior year to his senior year," coach Steve Alford said in May.
Clark signed his letter of intent to play at Nevada last November and was the West Catholic Athletic League’s co-Player of the Year while being named to the San Francisco Chronicle’s All-Metro team. Clark helped the Crusaders to a 23-5 record and a share of the WCAL championship. It was the first title for any Crusaders team since 2007. Riordan was the top seed in Northern California Division 1 but had to withdraw from the tournament after earning two wins because of COVID-19.
A four-year varsity starter, Clark scored 36 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a win over Sacred Heart Cathedral that earned Riordan High School a share of the WCAL title. He scored nearly 1,600 points in his high school career and was a finalist for the Northern California player of the year.
In addition to his scoring ability, Nevada envisioned him as a strong two-way player because of his defensive intensity.
"He can be a point guard and can share it and can also score it," Nevada assistant coach Kory Barnett said this summer. "He has good athleticism. We really liked him. His high school coach did a great job and compared him to Patrick Beverley. He really has a tough mindset and likes to get into guys."
Clark could have earned a significant role with the Wolf Pack as a freshman after the departures of guards Lindsey Drew, Jazz Johnson, Jalen Harris and Nisre Zouzoua, who combined for 122.2 minutes per game last season. Clark not being enrolled at Nevada this semester is softened by the fact Grant Sherfield, a transfer from Wichita State, was given immediate eligibility by the NCAA after his waiver was approved last week. Sherfield is a likely starter in 2020-21.
Clark was an unrated prospect by 247Sports.com. He also held offers from San Francisco and Hampton. He was one of six players in Nevada's 2020 recruiting class, including five freshmen.