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Posted On: 02/7/18 10:00 AM
Class of 2018 guard Michael Clark of Confluence Academy has played a quiet, yet all-important role for a Confluence Academy team that has emerged as one of the top Class 4 teams in the state.
The Titans are currently 20-4 and are led by two dynamic scorers in guard Brandon “L’il Buckets” Frederick and 6’7″ forward Leon Perry who combine to average 54 points a game. While they garner most of the headlines, it has been the addition of the 5’11” Clark that has taken the Titans to a higher level.
A transfer from Miller Career Academy, Clark has given the Titans another capable ball handler who can score and run the offense, thus enabling Frederick to become even more of a scoring threat.
“I’m a pass-first point guard and I like to set up Brandon and Leon,” Clark said. “We played together a lot when we were younger, so it is fun to be back with them again. We make the game easier for each other. Brandon is a point guard, but he can really score, so I can run the point so he can look for his offense more this season.”
Clark has proven to be a very effective scorer in his own right. He’s a shifty left-hander with good quickness and the ability to get to the basket and finish at different angles. He is currently averaging 12.6 points, 3.7 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.7 steals a game. He enjoyed his best offensive game of the season last week when he scored 23 points in an 81-76 victory over a solid Eureka team, which was the 20th victory of the season for Confluence.
With the addition of Clark and fellow transfer Jermaine Bell to go along with Frederick and Perry, the Titans are hoping to make a run at a district title, which would mean taking down a powerhouse St. Mary’s team in their own building, a very tall order indeed.
“I think we’ve opened up a lot of eyes this season,” Clark said. “Most people didn’t know we would be this good this year, so it has been real exciting.