CHICAGO, Ill. - - Belmont University men's basketball senior Ian Clark (Memphis, Tenn.) has accepted an invitation to participate in the State Farm® College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships, Intersport announced Wednesday via Twitter.
The event will take place Thursday, Apr. 4 at 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT at McCamish Pavilion on the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Ga. – one of many festivities surrounding the 2013 Final Four.
The competition will be carried live on ESPN, featuring the respected broadcast team of Brad Nessler, Dan Dakich, Jimmy Dykes and Samantha Ponder.
Clark is one of only eight NCAA Division I men's basketball seniors chosen to take part in the Hampton Hotels Men's 3-Point Championship. Traditionally, the men's and women's 3-point championship winners take part in one final contest – the Pepsi MAX Battle of the Champions. This is the first time a Belmont student-athlete has been selected to participate.
One of the all-time greats in Belmont history, Clark finished off his Bruin career in style by leading Belmont to a third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. All told, Clark was part of 102 victories, seven conference championships (four regular season, three tournament), a 57-5 conference record over his final three seasons, and a 20-game home court winning streak to close his career.
Individually, Clark broke numerous records, including becoming Belmont's NCAA era career leader in points (1,920) and three-point field goals made (340). Clark also tallied a remarkable 102 double figure scoring games in 133 career starts. Had the 6-3 guard played his entire career in one conference (2010-12 Atlantic Sun, 2013 Ohio Valley), Clark would be the most-prolific three-point shooter in either the Atlantic Sun Conference or the Ohio Valley Conference.
As a senior, Clark took his game to new heights, ranking among the national leaders in three-point field goal percentage (.459), three-point field goals per game (3.09), field goal percentage among guards (.543), effective field goal percentage (.670) and true shooting percentage (.688).
Among Clark's eye-popping performances in 2012-13: a Great Alaska Shootout single-game record nine three-point field goals against Northeastern, a 10-for-10 shooting effort at Virginia Commonwealth, and - in consecutive OVC home victories over Southeast Missouri and UT Martin - 62 points on staggering 24-for-29 shooting.
This latest honor adds to Clark's impressive list of season accolades, including Naismith and Lou Henson National Player of the Year candidate, Lute Olson All-America, NABC All-District, Mid-Major All-America, OVC co-Player of the Year, OVC Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-OVC and OVC All-Tournament Team.
As fate would have it, Clark will reunite with Murray State senior Isaiah Canaan at the event. Clark and Canaan shared OVC Player of the Year honors, with each playing lead roles in the 2013 OVC Championship game. Belmont claimed a 70-68 overtime victory on a game-winning shot by Kerron Johnson.