Clark Upgrades Play and Recruitment

With the three-point line moving back, talented shooters are becoming an even bigger priority. Justin Clark proved he has deep range during the spring and college coaches are starting to show him plenty of interest.

Justin Clark utilized the spring as well as anyone.

Playing for KC Pump N' Run, the 6-foot-4, 180-pound guard led the adidas sponsored team to a pair of tournament titles and in the process showed off a big time jump shot with range.

"So far I'd definitely say it was a big improvement from last year," Clark said. "Not just for myself but for the whole team. We are playing well together and hopefully we'll continue to do that."

"I felt that it was an improvement since last year," he continued. "Last year I felt like I was a role player and just sat and almost watched the team do what they do. This year I kind of stepped up to the plate and knocked down some big shots."

His strong play was rewarded with an upgrade in his recruitment. To go with previous interest from Santa Clara, Wichita State, Missouri State and UW-Green Bay, he's also recently heard from Baylor, Clemson, Missouri, Texas A&M and Oklahoma.

"More mail has been coming in," the Independence (Miss.) William Chrisman standout said. "College coaches started calling my coach at school and my house and stuff."

With not many AAU events going on in June, Clark is planning to participate in a few elite camps. He said he hopes to play in camps at Missouri, Kansas State and Santa Clara.

"I know I intend to go to some elite camps in June," he said. "I'm probably going to do three or four of those and then I'll probably take some unofficial visits. I have to pick and choose where I'm going to do my official visits."

Although his great play was a surprise to many this spring, Clark picked up his play during the high school season and it just carried over to club ball.

"Individually it was a big improvement for me," Clark said. "My points went up seven points from last year. I felt that I played pretty well and had much more of an overall game this year. As far as the team goes we finished 500 this year."

Clark averaged 25 points per game during his junior season.


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