2017 Intro: Tristan Clark
One of the best things about the John Lucas Midwest Invitational is the amount of underclassmen prospects that annually attend. With a large amount of talent under one roof, a few new names are certain to emerge. One of the big takeaways from the event was the play of 2017 power forward Tristan Clark. “I’m new to the camp,” Clark told Scout.com. “This was my first time. I didn’t try and do too much because of my upcoming high school season, but I think I did good. I contributed, played hard and competed.” Clark, who checks in at 6-foot-8, showed he could impact the game on both ends of the floor. He’s mobile, a good athlete, has good hands, is capable of making mid-range jump shots and even flashed a jump hook. “I bring a lot of defense because of my length,” Clark said. “I can get up and down the floor and get the team hyped. I can go inside and bigger and slower dudes I can get out on the wing and take them. I’m still working on my jump shot and getting it more consistent.” In the spring and summer, Clark played with the 210 Jayhawks. Following his play during July he picked up a pair of scholarship offers. “I got offered by Rice and Incarnate Word down in San Antonio,” Clark said. “Then I got interest from Texas, Baylor and everybody in Texas basically, plus Kansas State, Kansas, Gonzaga and a couple of other schools.” Clark told Scout.com that he has taken an unofficial visit to Rice and is going to Texas this coming weekend. “I’ve been talking to their coach lately,” Clark said about Texas. “He’s been to our open gyms and our practices. He’s been on me and I’ve been talking to him and setting everything up.” “It was good,” he said about his trip to Rice. “I’m real comfortable with them and I can talk to them. I like them a lot. I’m comfortable around them and that’s a really good thing.” While it was just one event, if the Midwest Invitational was any indication, Clark is due a big sophomore season at San Antonio (Tex.) Judson.
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