“I wanted to embrace more of a leadership role and I knew that more of that shooting the ball responsibility was going to fall on me,” said Clarke.
“ I had to put the work in to help the team so I wasn’t just going to the big guy doing the work in the paint. I had to be able to step outside and hit big shots too."
Clarke’s best example came in the Golden Bears final regular season game. With a chance to secure the No.2 seed in the Canada West playoffs, Clarke posted a 40-point, 11 rebound and four assist stat line against the No.7 ranked University of British Columbia Thunderbirds.
He became just the fifth player in program history to have a 40-point game.
Throughout his tenure with the program, Clarke’s been a student-athlete that the program has been able to rely on both on the court and in the classroom.
“We wanted to see him progress and continue to improve year-to-year and I think it’s a big credit to him,” said Craddock.
“He takes care of his academics, he's finishing up his degree in engineering (this year) and he entering into his master’s of business (next year) and that’s a major accomplishment. On the court, he’s taken it upon himself to improve his game in all areas, and it’s awesome to see.”
Clarke's front and centre of a program that is once again a national championship threat, despite having seven freshman on the team this year.
He’s helping guide a young Golden Bears group on how to be successful on the court and in the classroom.
Clarke is more vocal in practices. If one of his freshman teammates need help breaking down video after practice or advice on helping balance school and academics, Clarke answers the call. He’s taken on this leadership role and flourished.