NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - As first reported by Jeff Zillgitt (@Jeff Zillgitt) of USA Today, former Belmont University men's basketball All-American guard Ian Clark (@iclark21) (Memphis, Tenn.) has signed a two-year contract with the Utah Jazz.
Terms were not disclosed, but Zillgitt reports a team-option for year two.
"I'm ecstatic," Clark told belmontbruins.com. "I really can't put this into words. It shows that hard work can lead to good things. I would like to thank the Golden State Warriors and the Miami Heat - those organizations, coaches and players gave me an opportunity during summer league that I will always be grateful for. I just tried to play my game, and look forward to what lies ahead."
The Memphis, Tenn. native graduated in May with a degree in business administration, completing a remarkable four years at Belmont. The 6-3 guard became Belmont's NCAA era career leader in points (1,920) and three-point field goals (340) in leading the Bruins to a third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and the program's highest NCAA Tournament seed (No. 11 vs. Arizona). This past year's NCAA Tournament second round game was played in Salt Lake City and EnergySolutions Arena - home of the Utah Jazz.
In 2013, Clark ranked among the NCAA leaders in three-point field goal percentage and three-point field goals per game en route to being named OVC co-Player of the Year, Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention, Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America, Mid-Major All-America and Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA) Men's Basketball Player of the Year. Clark was also a candidate for the Naismith and Lou Henson National Player of the Year awards and finished third in the Hampton Hotels National 3-Point Championships during Final Four weekend.
In fact, noted statistician Ken Pomeroy rated Clark No. 2 nationally in true shooting percentage and No. 3 nationally in effective field goal percentage – measures which take two-point and three-point field goal attempts into consideration.
Clark finished his career as a four-time all-conference honoree and two-time conference defensive player of the year.
He was also named to the Portsmouth Invitational All-Tournament Team in April.
More recently, Clark was named Vegas NBA Summer League Championship Game Most Valuable Player, scoring 33 points in leading the Golden State Warriors past the Phoenix Suns.
He was also named All-Orlando NBA Summer League as part of the Miami Heat July 7-12.