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Ian Clark Honored by Sporting News

Ian Clark Honored by Sporting News

March 12, 2010

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - - Belmont University men's basketball freshman Ian Clark (Memphis, Tenn.) was named Atlantic Sun Conference Freshman of the Year by Sporting News Friday.

This comes a week after Clark was named Atlantic Sun Conference Freshman of the Year, Second Team All-Atlantic Sun and a unanimous selection to the Atlantic Sun All-Freshman Team by the league office.

The only Bruin to start all 31 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 14.9 points per game. He recorded a team-high 23 double-figure scoring games, led Belmont in scoring 17 times and in nine of the team's last 12 games.

Clark ranks fifth among all NCAA freshmen with 74 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.

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