Gary Clark (basketball)

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Gary Clark
No. 6 – Houston Rockets
PositionPower forward
LeagueNBA
Personal information
Born (1994-11-16) November 16, 1994 (age 24)
Smithfield, North Carolina
NationalityAmerican
Listed height6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High schoolClayton (Clayton, North Carolina)
CollegeCincinnati (2014–2018)
NBA draft2018 / Undrafted
Playing career2018–present
Career history
2018–presentHouston Rockets
2019Rio Grande Valley Vipers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Gary Clark Jr. (born November 16, 1994) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for the Cincinnati Bearcats. He was named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Year for the 2017–18 season.

High school career[edit]

Clark, a 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) power forward, played basketball at Clayton High School in Clayton, North Carolina, where he left as the school's all-time leading scorer, rebounder and shot-blocker. He is also the only North Carolina high school player to record a quadruple-double.[1] Clark was ranked as the No. 100 overall prospect by ESPN, No. 87 by Rivals and No. 90 by 247sports. He committed to Cincinnati on September 18, 2013 after receiving a scholarship offer from NC State.[2]

College career[edit]

Clark made an immediate impact for Cincinnati, entering the starting lineup from day one and becoming the first freshman to start a season opener for the program since Lance Stephenson. At the close of the American Athletic Conference (AAC) season, he was named to the league's all-rookie team.[3] Clark posted 7.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 1.3 blocks per game as a freshman.[2]

In his sophomore season, Clark developed into one of the top defensive players in the AAC. After averaging 10.4 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.5 blocks per game, he was named second-team All-AAC and the conference Defensive Player of the Year.[4] Prior to his junior year, Clark was named to the preseason All-AAC first team.[5] He averaged 10.8 points and 7.9 rebounds per game as a junior.[6]

At the close of his senior season, Clark was named AAC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. He averaged 12.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game. Clark led Cincinnati to an AAC regular season title.[7] He was the AAC tournament Most Outstanding Player after averaging 16.3 points and 11.7 rebounds in the conference tournament. Clark hit a game-winning free throw with four seconds in regulation to secure a 56-55 victory for the Bearcats in the title game.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Houston Rockets (2018–present)[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2018 NBA draft, Clark signed with the Houston Rockets.[8] Clark made his NBA debut on October 17, 2018, in a 112–131 blowout loss to the New Orleans Pelicans.[9] Clark was originally signed to a two-way contract, but on December 6, 2018 it was converted to a standard deal.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2018–19 Houston 51 2 12.6 .331 .297 1.000 2.3 .4 .4 .5 2.9
Career 51 2 12.6 .331 .297 1.000 2.3 .4 .4 .5 2.9

College[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2014–15 Cincinnati 34 34 27.8 .524 .000 .625 7.2 1.7 1.0 1.3 7.8
2015–16 Cincinnati 33 32 30.4 .519 .520 .687 8.8 2.1 1.2 1.5 10.4
2016–17 Cincinnati 36 35 28.6 .529 .286 .697 7.9 2.1 1.0 1.2 10.8
2017–18 Cincinnati 36 36 28.5 .526 .435 .741 8.7 2.1 1.4 1.2 12.9
Career 139 137 28.8 .525 .383 .698 8.1 2.0 1.2 1.3 10.5

References[edit]

  1. ^ Potter, Mike (November 3, 2014). "Freshman and Clayton native Gary Clark is already turning heads at Cincinnati". The News & Observer. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Szelest, Jason (March 21, 2018). "Gary Clark: The problem that will never be forgotten". The News Record. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  3. ^ Abner, Josh (March 24, 2015). "Clayton native Gary Clark's way is the Cincinnati Bearcat way". The News & Observer. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  4. ^ Rauch, Jeremy (March 6, 2016). "UC's Gary Clark named AAC Defensive Player of the Year". Raycom Media. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  5. ^ Groeschen, Tom (October 24, 2016). "UC's Caupain named AAC preseason Co-Player of Year". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  6. ^ Nguyen, Thuc (November 7, 2017). "UCLA basketball: 5 games to watch". The Press-Enterprise. Retrieved May 3, 2018.
  7. ^ Groeschen, Tom (March 7, 2018). "UC Bearcats' Gary Clark named AAC basketball Player of the Year". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
  8. ^ Hartman, Marcus (July 6, 2018). "Houston Rockets sign former Middie Vincent Edwards". Journal-News. Retrieved August 12, 2018.
  9. ^ "Davis, Mirotic lead Pelicans past Rockets 131-112". ESPN.com. October 17, 2018. Retrieved October 17, 2018.
  10. ^ "Rockets Announce Roster Updates". NBA.com. December 6, 2018. Retrieved December 6, 2018.

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