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

— The work ethic had always been there from Cam Clark.

But after a junior season in which his scoring average dipped two points a game and he received no starts, Clark’s work became more focused.

“It was just wanting to get better, that’s all it really is,” said Clark, who started a combined 60 games in his first two seasons at OU. “Everybody had a positive attitude for this coming season and just wanting to be great. That’s what we’re trying to build.”

A lot of that started with Clark. He 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.

Wednesday night, Clark will play his final home game when the No. 23 Sooners host West Virginia at 8 p.m.

“It’s great to see hard work really does pay off,” Clark said. “We’ve still got a long way to go. We’re not going to stop working.”

Not long after the Sooners’ season ended last year in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Clark had a conversation with Buddy Hield.

“This has got to be a great offseason for me,” Clark told Hield.

“I told him I need you to have a great offseason,” Hield said. “Because coming in, Cam had all the hype and he didn’t really show everybody what he had. I feel like this is his year. It was his time to marquee his game and show everybody what he could do and I think he’s done it.

“Coach (Lon) Kruger helped him a lot, running sets for him and having the confidence in him.”

That was especially evident during nonconference play, when Clark averaged nearly 18.5 points per game and helped the Sooners to an 11-2 record.

With Oklahoma fielding a young lineup that includes three sophomores and a freshman in the starting lineup and just two other upperclassmen in the rotation, the Sooners needed all of the production Clark could give them.

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by Ryan Aber
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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