#By RENALDO DORSETT
#Tribune Sports Reporter
#GARVIN Clarke’s offseason began with several regional awards as the senior point guard was recognised for a standout year in Cleveland, Ohio.
#He was named the Lake Eerie League Co-Player of the Year, Third-Team All-Ohio and Northeast Lakes All-District Division I First-Team by members of the Ohio Prep Sports Writers Association when the organisations announced their postseason awards.
#In his lone season with the Cleveland Heights Tigers, Clarke averaged 15 points per game. The Tigers eventually advanced to the Euclid District semi-final where they were eliminated in a 49-44 loss to Brush. Clarke finished with 15 points in the season finale.
#Clarke is already a verbal commit to an “in-state” programme, the Akron Zips, as he prepares to make his transition to the NCAA Division I level next season.
#It was a year of ebbs and flows for Clarke and Cleveland Heights in a season where they were temporarily banned from Ohio High School Athletic Association postseason play.
#The Tigers were reinstated to the Ohio state tournament by Cuyahoga Country Judge John Russo after an appeal to the ban was filed by the players’ parents against the OHSAA.
#The OHSAA originally deemed the Tigers ineligible for a violation of Bylaw 9-2-1 when they travelled to a showcase in Las Vegas last December.
#Once reinstated, Clarke scored 13 points in the Tigers’ 82-46 win over Madison in the quarter-final before the aforementioned loss to Brush.
#Clarke completed his prep career with the Cleveland Heights Tigers after spending his previous seasons with the Euclid Panthers, both in Cleveland, Ohio.
#He was listed as a two or three-star recruit by several recruiting services and previously received Division I offers from Buffalo, Cleveland State, Florida A&M and Youngstown State, according to cleveland.com.