One of the most consistent players in North Carolina on the girl’s side has been Gaston Day’s 2021 Zaria Clark, and she could be posting her best season at the program.
Each season, since playing 21 games as an eighth-grader, Clark has posted double-digit scoring averages, starting at 12.7ppg, to then 14.1ppg, then 18.5ppg as a sophomore, 19.6ppg as a junior, and now is averaging 22.7ppg, 7.3rpg, 4.7apg, and 6.5spg.
Clark has been off the charts every year on both sides of the court, being a consistent scoring threat but also being an impressive defensive presence in creating steals. It is why many schools looked to recruit Clark and eventually, UNC-Pembroke landed her commitment.
Phenom Hoops recently spoke with Clark about her early-season success, her decision, and the goals she has set in her last season at Gaston Day.
PHR: You have been posting some impressive numbers this season. What have you been able to show and what has your mindset been on the court this season?
Clark: With COVID, what could possibly be my last game, that I have to start out strong and to keep my team motivated.
PHR: How would you best describe your game and you like to operate?
Clark: I like to play at a fast-pace and get downhill, but also knowing when to shoot my jumper.
PHR: How did this summer go with you with Team Curry? How did it help you get where you are today?
Clark: Playing with and against some of the top girls in the country helps me stay competitive.
PHR: You announced your commitment to UNCP. How was that moment for you and to get that decision off your shoulders?
Clark: Excited and relieved to know that I’m going to be apart of a family at the next level.
PHR: What was it that made UNCP the place for you?
Clark: It checked off all of my boxes that I was looking for in a college, like being a part of a family, being close to home, and having my major.
PHR: Obviously, it is a different season but what are you looking to achieve this season for yourself or for your team?
Clark: My personal goals this season is to continue to compete and to reach 2,000 points. As far as team goals, I would like to help my team get back to the state playoffs.