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Ian Clark Update

Ian Clark Update

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - - Former Belmont University men's basketball All-American Ian Clark ('13) has agreed to a professional playing contract with the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in China, as first reported by Sportando.

"I'm feeling good and excited for the new opportunity," Clark told

Clark spent the previous six seasons in the NBA, and was part of the 2017 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors.

This past season, Clark averaged 6.7 points per game in 60 game appearances with the New Orleans Pelicans. 

The Memphis, Tennessee native, who scored 1,920 points in leading Belmont to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, averaged 23.0 points per game in the month of April.

He also played for the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz.

Xinjiang went 33-13 last season in reaching the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) championship finals. Last season, Xinjiang featured former All-NBA center Al Jefferson and former University of Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes.

Belmont University men's basketball has earned postseason invitations 13 of the last 14 seasons, including eight berths to the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins have won 17 conference championships since 2006 - third-most nationally over that span (Gonzaga, Kansas). Belmont is one of only six NCAA Division I programs outside the Power 5 to post Top 100 RPIs nine consecutive seasons (BYU, Gonzaga, Saint Mary's (CA), San Diego State, Wichita State). Belmont is one of only nine NCAA Division I programs to win 19 or more games 14 consecutive seasons (BYU, Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina, San Diego State). Belmont University men's basketball boasts an NCAA-leading 17 CoSIDA Academic All-America selections since 2001 and is one of only three NCAA Division I programs to make the NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) Honor Roll every year of existence.