Among the names of 30 players- two each from Kansas, Duke, and Indiana- sits the name of Ian Clark, 2009 graduate of Germantown High School.
Last week Clark was named a candidate for the 2013 Naismith Men’s College Basketball Player of the Year award, only one of 30 players from across the country and the most prestigious basketball programs.
Though many might not know the name or history of Belmont University, Clark has helped put this basketball program on the map, being the top scorer at the school since joining the NCAA from NAIA.
Having played over 100 minutes more than any other player this year on the Belmont squad, Clark has earned his time. Before moving to the Ohio Valley Conference this year, Clark racked up numerous awards: Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year, 1st team All-Atlantic Sun, and Atlantic Sun Most Valuable Player in 2011.
Along with this nomination comes the news Clark has been named a finalist for the 2013 Lou Henson Award for the best mid-major player of the year.
Ranked 3rd in the nation in 3-pointers at 46.2%, Clark has definitely made a name for himself.
Now in his senior season, Clark was just named the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Co-Player of the Year and OVC Defensive Player of the Year. Not too shabby for a boy from Germantown.
*Anyone interested in casting a vote for Clark for the Lou Henson award can go to www.louhensonaward.com and place a vote.