Clark Kellogg

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Clark Kellogg
Clark Kellogg in 2012.jpg
Kellogg at the White House in 2012 for CBS's The Final Four Show
No. 33
Small forward
Personal information
Born (1961-07-02) July 2, 1961 (age 53)
Cleveland, Ohio
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school St. Joseph (Cleveland, Ohio)
College Ohio State (1979–1982)
NBA draft 1982 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall
Selected by the Indiana Pacers
Pro career 1982–1986
Career history
19821986 Indiana Pacers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Clark Clifton Kellogg, Jr. (born July 2, 1961) is the VP of player relations for the Indiana Pacers as well as the lead college basketball analyst for CBS Sports and former player in the National Basketball Association.

Biography[edit]

Basketball career[edit]

High school[edit]

Clark 'Special K' Kellogg grew up in East Cleveland, Ohio, attended Chambers Elementary, W.H. Kirk Middle School (both in East Cleveland), and St. Joseph's High School in Cleveland, Ohio, and had a high school basketball career generally regarded as the finest in Cleveland history.[1] The highlight was a 79–65 loss in the state championship game to Columbus East that saw Kellogg score 51 points and grab 24 rebounds. His 51 point game is still an Ohio high school state finals record. Kellogg also played in the McDonald's All-American and Capital Classic games.

College[edit]

From 1979 to 1982, Kellogg played for Ohio State University, where he earned All-Big Ten Conference and Most Valuable Player honors; in 1996, he received his marketing degree. In June 2010, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland appointed Kellogg to the university's board of trustees, where he sits today.[2]

NBA[edit]

In 1982, Kellogg declared for the NBA draft after his junior year of college, and was the 1st round draft pick of the Indiana Pacers. In his first season he was selected as a member of the NBA All-Rookie Team. He is one of only a handful of rookies in NBA history to average 20 points and 10 rebounds a game. He was much heralded as the next breakout NBA superstar. Converse signed him to an endorsement deal, to release his own Converse "Special K" sneaker. However, he only played three full seasons, and portions of two others, for the Pacers before chronic knee problems forced him to retire. During his three full seasons with the Pacers, the Pacers were a combined 68–178.

Personal life[edit]

Kellogg has two sons, Alex and Nick. Nick plays basketball for Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.[3] He also has a daughter who played Division I volleyball in college.

Kellogg became a Christian in 1985 after questioning his "purpose in life."[4] Kellogg has spoken about his faith saying, "...my faith remains my foundation. Christ is my all and the driver of my life."[5]

Broadcasting career[edit]

ESPN[edit]

In 1990, he joined ESPN as a basketball analyst. He also worked for the Big East Network and Prime Sports. Kellogg also began working as a television analyst for the Indiana Pacers. He also provides commentary for the video game series NBA2K, including NBA2K15

WTTV/FSN-Indiana[edit]

Kellogg serves as an analyst for the Indiana Pacers road games.

CBS Sports[edit]

Kellog with President Obama in 2012

From 1993 to 1994, Kellogg served as a game analyst for the CBS Sports coverage of the NCAA Tournament. From 1994 to 1997, he served as a studio co-host for the early round coverage of the NCAA Tournament. In 1997, Kellogg joined CBS Sports full-time as a studio/game analyst for college basketball coverage, and was one of three in-studio hosts for March Madness along with Greg Gumbel and Sports Illustrated's Seth Davis. He would typically work as the #2 game analyst until around Championship Week when he would move into the studio for the remainder of the season. He is known for using the phrase "spurtability" as a reference to a team's ability to score points in quick succession.

Kellogg replaced Billy Packer as CBS lead basketball announcer beginning in the 2008–2009 college basketball season and called the 2009 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship with Jim Nantz.[6] He also works games at the beginning of the season with Verne Lundquist when Nantz is on other CBS Sports duties including NFL and golf.[7]

In March 2010, Kellogg played a game of H.O.R.S.E. against U.S. President Barack Obama. The game, called "P.O.T.U.S." for the occasion, was won by Obama, who had P.O.T.U. to Kellogg's P.O.T.U.S. Video of Obama & Kellogg playing basketball.

During the 2012 NCAA men's tournament, the Ohio Bobcats, for whom Kellogg's son, Nick, played, advanced to the Sweet Sixteen round at the same time Kellogg was calling another tournament game, the Lehigh - Xavier game in Greensboro, North Carolina. Kellogg, in a digression from his impartiality as a commentator, exclaimed "Way to go Bobcats!" when the final score rolled on his monitor.[8]

In 2014, Clark Kellogg returned to his previous role as a studio analyst. In return, Greg Anthony (who himself had been a studio analyst since 2008) took over Kellogg's role as lead college basketball announcer.

NBA 2K announcer[edit]

Kellogg's voice appeared in the popular NBA video game NBA 2K9 as the co commentator alongside Kevin Harlan.[9] The pair rejoined for future games in the series. They have appeared in every game since, including NBA 2K15.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Connection Magazine, The Premier Good News Publication www.connectionmagazine.org". connectionmagazine.org. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  2. ^ "The Ohio State University website". 
  3. ^ "Nick Kellogg Bio - OHIOBOBCATS.COM - Ohio Official Athletic Site". ohiobobcats.com. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  4. ^ "Clark Kellogg". 
  5. ^ "Clark Kellogg, CBS Sports". 
  6. ^ O'Connell, Jim (2008-07-14). "Packer out, Kellogg in as CBS lead hoops announcer". USA Today. Retrieved 2011-03-11. 
  7. ^ "PACERS: Though his star’s on the rise,Kellogg remains grounded". Nba.com. 2008-07-23. Retrieved 2011-03-11. 
  8. ^ "VIDEO: Clark Kellogg Reacts To Son Nick And Ohio Bobcats Advancing To Sweet 16 - SB Nation Cleveland". cleveland.sbnation.com. Retrieved 2014-01-27. 
  9. ^ "A slam dunk for all; 'NBA 2K10' is a franchise worth cheering about". bendbulletin.com. Retrieved 2014-01-27.