Skyy Clark joined Illinois as a key 4-star prospect in the 2022 recruiting class. He started 12 of Illinois’ first 14 games of the season, but he is now stepping away from the program.

In a statement shared Friday evening, Clark announced his decision to step away from the time being. Clark cited personal reasons and “putting myself and my family first” with the decision.

“I want to start by saying that I love the University of Illinois, my coaching staff, my teammates and the broader (Illinois) community. I made friendships in these few short months that I will keep with me for the rest of my life,” wrote Clark. “This decision has nothing to do with basketball, but it does have everything to do with prioritizing myself and my family’s wellbeing.

“For personal reasons, I need to step away from basketball for the time being – putting myself and my family first. I appreciate everyone’s support during this time, but please respect not only my privacy but the privacy of all those around me.”

Clark averaged 7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists in the 13 games played (12 starts) this season. We will have to wait and see what the future holds for Clark and a potential return to the Illini.


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