At the beginning of each new year, Phenom Hoops works to assemble a series of articles centered around unsigned senior prospects. Last season, over one hundred players from North Carolina went on to play at the Division I, II, III or NAIA levels, and that number looks likely to continue increasing with the current senior class. Typically, we take a closer look at guys who are overlooked or underrated, and today’s edition will highlight EJ Clark of Jesse Carson and Team F.L.Y.
There’s something to be said for players that consistently work to improve themselves, and Clark has definitely done so since our last viewing. He’s asserted himself as a leader on both ends of the floor for Carson, both by example and through communication. Clark understands how to properly get everyone involved while also taking advantage of any available scoring opportunities. He utilizes his body well around the basket, both as a defender and rebounder, and runs the floor effectively in transition. Clark’s game is still continuing to grow, which could be an appealing selling point for a variety of college coaches.
We’ve seen Clark at multiple of our events, including our most recent JMAC Showcase, where our Brandon Blakeney stated: “Clark had one of the most impressive performances on the day during Championship Sunday, and for the most part all the production came in one half. Clark has a quiet first half, he worked hard to establish position but didn’t see a lot of looks inside, he managed one point. Flip the script in the second, Clark went off for 26 points. It felt like every time Clark touched the rock down low he scored it, around the basket he extended over the pressure for baskets and ate up contact. Clark isn’t a natural big man but he looked comfortable in the paint scoring and eating up the glass. Clark also busted the defense open with his three point shooting touch. Clark showed a nice inside- outside game, he also showed big time versatility on defense matching up with opposing bigs for a thin Team FLY frontline, he can switch onto perimeter players as well.”
Beyond that, Clark has made obvious strides between his junior and senior seasons. He’s improved in all major statistical categories, going from 13.8 to 20.5 PPG, 6.2 to 7.5 RPG, and continuing to raise his scoring efficiency from all areas. Clark has expressed interest in furthering his education and potential playing career at Winston-Salem State. He’s certainly been productive throughout the season and could be a nice addition for the right program.