Belmont’s all-time leading scorer, Ian Clark, didn’t get drafted in the NBA draft. Perhaps he’s reminding us, and the NBA, why he should have been.
Clark scored a team high 15 points in 16 minutes of play, shooting 5-9 from the field and 3-4 from 3-point range, in the Heat’s summer league opener against Utah.
The Heat managed just 59 points in the 40-minute game, falling to Utah by 10.
“[Clark] was one of the guys we kind of had circled coming into the week, as a possible 3-point threat,” Heat assistant coach Dan Craig told the Orlando Sun-Sentinel after the game. Craig is leading the Heat summer league team during this week’s games.
“He’s raised some eyebrows this last week and especially today,” Craig added.
Miami’s summer league roster is much different from other teams: The defending NBA champs have an especially young group, as they look to find a few players to fill the back end of the championship roster.
Also unlike many players, Clark won’t be on the Heat’s roster for the entire summer league. The former Belmont star will leave the Heat at the end of the Orlando summer league to join the Golden State Warriors for next week’s Las Vegas summer league, where the Heat also will compete.
“I feel like this is great exposure for me,” Clark told the paper.
Highlights from the Jazz – Heat summer league game can be found at NBA.com.
TV station WSMV talked with Clark after the game:
Clark and the Heat return to action today against the Brooklyn Nets. Tip-off is set for 4:00 p.m. CT with live coverage on NBA TV and NBA Summer League Live online.
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