It’s been quite the calendar year for Golden Bears Basketball alumni Brody Clarke.
Clarke entered the 2019-20 season as not only a Canada West MVP favourite, but also as the leader on the Golden Bears, a conference and national title contender.
However, a pre-season broken foot derailed the first 75% of Clarke’s season, with the Bears losing in the Canada West Final and U SPORTS Quarter-Final upon his return in the spring.
Despite the early athletic obstacles, however, Clarke’s passion, dedication and commitment to his academic goals never wavered, as he was named an Academic All-Canadian for the fifth-straight year.
The first-year MBA student, and faculty of engineering graduate also excelled upon his return to the court, averaging 18.4 points, 9.5 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game. Due to his excellence on the court and in the classroom, Clarke was awarded the 2019/20 Mark Goodkey Memorial Trophy as the top Male Academic All-Canadian at the University of Alberta.
“It’s been a goal of mine every year to be an Academic All-Canadian, and receiving this award is pretty special. I felt like that goal allowed me to focus on my academics. It’s a big achievement to be able to do this well in school, while also having the demands of varsity sport.”
Clarke spent the first five years of his Golden Bears career in the Faculty of Engineering, earning AAC honours for four-straight years from 2016-2019.
The Faculty of Engineering was a major factor in bringing Clarke, a Toronto native, to the Golden Bears in 2014. Not only is the faculty highly regarded among Canadian universities, but also has a staff that accommodates the grueling demands of being a full-time student-athlete.