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Ian Clark Receives Atlantic Sun Postseason Awards

Ian Clark Receives Atlantic Sun Postseason Awards

March 2, 2010

MACON, GA. - - Belmont University men's basketball freshman Ian Clark (Memphis, Tenn.) received three Atlantic Sun Conference postseason honors Tuesday, including being named 2010 Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year.

In addition to being just the second Bruin named Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year - joining Justin Hare (2005) - Clark was named Second Team All-Atlantic Sun and was a unanimous selection to the Atlantic Sun All-Freshman Team.

The only Bruin to start all 30 regular season games this season, Clark showcased a scoring touch, maturity level and affinity for late-game situations far beyond his years, helping Belmont to a share of its third Atlantic Sun Regular Season Championship in the past five years.

The Memphis native ranked among the Atlantic Sun Conference leaders in five statistical categories, including scoring, three-point field goal percentage, free throw percentage and minutes played.

In 2009-10, Clark became the first freshman of the program's NCAA era to lead the Bruins in scoring, averaging 14.8 points per game. He recorded a team-high 22 double-figure scoring games, led Belmont in scoring 16 times and in eight of the team's final 11 regular season games.

Clark ranks fourth among all NCAA freshmen with 70 made three-point field goals this season. He scored a career-high 31 points vs. Stetson Jan. 4, and then equaled that mark a month later vs. North Florida.

Moreover, Clark is the first Bruin freshman ever named to an Atlantic Sun postseason all-conference team.

"With several outstanding freshmen in the Atlantic Sun this season, we are excited and appreciative of Ian's selection as Freshman of the Year," Belmont head coach Rick Byrd said. "It is an outstanding individual season when a freshman leads a conference co-champion in minutes played and scoring. It is also quite an accomplishment to be named to the second team All-Atlantic Sun team. Ian's teammates and our coaching staff are proud of his recognition and very happy for him."

Clark and the Bruins (19-11) return to action Thursday night in the Atlantic Sun Tournament Quarterfinals at Mercer. Tip-off is set for 8:00 pm CT from the University Center in Macon, Ga.

The game can be heard on the Bruin Sports Network, with FREE online video streaming provided via ASun.TV.

For a complete list of 2010 Atlantic Sun Postseason Awards, log onto atlanticsun.org