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.”