OU basketball: Cameron Clark has taken over leadership role for Sooners

Clark has been everything the Sooners could've hoped. He's turned from a flash drunker into an all-around threat on the floor.
by Ryan Aber Published: January 3, 2014
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AUSTIN, Texas — Cameron Clark doesn't attribute it to any one glorious moment.

There was no life-changing meeting with Sooners basketball coach Lon Kruger that flipped the switch for Clark.

There wasn't a “Eureka” moment where the light suddenly came on for Clark, who was known for flashy dunks but inconsistent all-around play for his first three years in Norman.

To hear Clark tell it, it's pretty simple why he has transformed his game as a senior and become one of the Big 12's best players and one of the most improved players in the country entering the Sooners' Big 12 opener at 7:01 p.m. Saturday at Texas.

“It's my last year and that's what the team needs from me,” Clark said. “(After) last year talking to coach, he said the team was going to be as good as I am. That means I have to work hard and lead by example.”

Clark has been everything the Sooners could've hoped.

He's turned from a flashy dunker into an all-around threat on the floor, extending his shooting range and becoming a matchup problem as a 6-foot-7 forward who can hit from outside.

Clark leads the Big 12 in scoring, averaging 18.5 points per game. That's 12 points ahead of his average from a season ago and more than 10 ahead of where he was for his career coming into the season.

The last Sooner player to increase his scoring average by double digits from one season to the next was Ryan Minor, whose average increased by more than 11 points from his freshman to his sophomore season in 1993-94.

His teammates and coaches say the reasons for Clark's improvement are simple — confidence and aggressiveness, and both go hand-in-hand.

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by Ryan Aber
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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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