Evans High School product Matt Clark has been very impressive early in his college career. The 6-8, 205-pound freshman forward who signed with The Citadel after his prep career could play a larger role this season for the Bulldogs than anyone expected.
Clark was solid but not spectacular for the Knights as a senior. However, his size made him a hot commodity for many NCAA D-I colleges. He was deemed more of a project than a "diaper dandy."
Clark might be dispelling the project label. In his first college game he came off the bench to pour in 13 points on 6-for-7 shooting from the floor. He also hauled in five boards and had a steal in 15 minutes of action as The Citadel blasted Daniel Webster 131-79.
Clark logged 10 minutes vs. the University of South Carolina in the Bulldogs' second game and managed two points and two rebounds. South Carolina hammered The Citadel 103-42.
Former area stars Dominique Archie (Josey) and Austin Steed (Butler) played well for the Gamecocks. Archie had 12 points and seven rebounds, while Steed had four points and three boards.
Clark might still have some pine time in his future, but he certainly showed the Bulldogs coaching staff that he can play. The Citadel roster has 17 players, 13 of whom are true freshmen. That means that playing time is likely still up for grabs.
Hopefully Clark can continue to progress, because he has the potential to be a solid player in the Southern Conference.
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