“He's not a yeller,” Hield said. “He just talks to us, points us in the right direction. If we're struggling on defense, he just shows us how to play — the right way to play.”
That's what Clark is most comfortable with.
“It's just leading by example, just being the first one in the gym and the last one to leave,” Clark said. “Helping the young guys on and off the court with anything they need.
“I just want to teach them how I would like to be taught.”
Clark pointed out T.J. Franklin as an example of a player who put him on the right path.
“That's what I'm trying to do for my freshmen and sophomores,” Clark said.
But Clark has also helped himself.
After starting in 60 games over his freshman and sophomore seasons, Clark came off the bench in every game last season, averaging 17.3 minutes and 6.5 points, both dips from his first two seasons.
This year, he'll be back in the starting lineup and expected to carry more of the scoring load.
“I just being aggressive each and every time I catch the ball, being aggressive and trying to play for me or my teammates,” Clark said. “Me and coach talked about being active, going to the boards, just getting in the passing lanes, things like that.”
The aggressiveness has shown up quicker on the offensive end.
“Now we need to do it on the boards and he's really capable of doing it defensively, but it's kind of a process but he's working at it,” Kruger said. “He's going to have more opportunities. I think he relishes that and I think he welcomes that. He's not going to shy away from it.”