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Oklahoma basketball: Cam Clark's transformation has paid off big time for him and the Sooners

Cam Clark retooled his game, became a leader — by example if not always vocally — and has Oklahoma in solid position to earn the No. 2 seed in next week’s Big 12 Tournament.
by Ryan Aber Published: March 4, 2014

“He was consistently our cornerstone offensively and kind of allowed those other guys to grow a little bit and develop,” Kruger said. “Just really happen for him because he’s worked hard, especially in this last offseason to retool a little bit and increase his range and it’s paid off. Any time a guy invests that much time and effort, it’s really nice to see it pay off for them.”

The hard work hasn’t paid off for just Clark, though.

It has rubbed off on those young players who were drawn into the gym by the time they saw Clark, Hield and others put in.

“Every time a player gets in the gym a little bit extra, that’s noticed by everyone else and increases the likelihood of others spending extra time there,” Kruger said. “With this team, we have a group of guys that have done it. Cam, since last season ended — in the spring, summer and fall really worked hard to improve his range, improve his shooting mechanics. It’s not always easy to do that going into your senior year but Cam did, and the results are obvious and that kind of gets the attention of everybody else.”

And Clark, known as one of the quiet guys on the team, also turned into a leader who would say something when it was warranted.

“He came out of his shell a lot,” Hield said. “He wants to leave an impression on this program and I think he has. Everybody loves what he’s done but he’s still hungry. This team’s hungry as well.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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