OU basketball: Forward Cam Clark working his way through slump

Clark is still struggling to regain the form that put him solidly in the discussion as one of the most improved players in the country.
by Ryan Aber Published: February 2, 2014


photo - Oklahoma forward Cameron Clark gestures in celebration after an NCAA college basketball game in Norman, Okla., Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. Clark had 6 rebounds in the in the 88-76 win over rival Oklahoma State. (AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)
Oklahoma forward Cameron Clark gestures in celebration after an NCAA college basketball game in Norman, Okla., Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. Clark had 6 rebounds in the in the 88-76 win over rival Oklahoma State. (AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)

Since then, all of those numbers have decreased.

Clark is averaging 10.6 points per game and shooting more than 10 percent worse from the field. He's also taking more than three fewer shots.

“He's just got to keep working,” Kruger said. “There's not any shortcuts or ways to get around that. He's just to keep attacking.”

Clark is getting to the free-throw line at less than half the rate he was before his recent slump (5.7 to 2.1 per game).

But Clark's struggles haven't hurt the Sooners in the win column.

Oklahoma is 5-2 in its last seven games, with wins over three top-12 teams and losses only at Kansas State and Iowa State.

While Clark's production has slowed, Buddy Hield and Ryan Spangler's scoring load has increased.

And Spangler's gritty attitude is spreading to his teammates.

“As a group, they're just benefiting so much from what Ryan is doing,” Kruger said before the game at Iowa State. “I think we're getting tougher. We've still got to be more physical — we've still got to get tougher — but we've grown a lot because of what Ryan's doing on the boards and in every other way.

“He's just kind of raising everyone's bar a little bit, and guys are responding well to that.”


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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