Super 5 Player of the Year: Douglass' Stephen Clark finds sense of relief in fourth title

Stephen Clark's fourth state championship was by far his toughest. His senior season came with more pressure and higher expectations.
by Scott Wright Published: April 6, 2013
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photo - Stephen Clark, Douglass. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN
Stephen Clark, Douglass. PHOTO BY BRYAN TERRY, THE OKLAHOMAN

He spent most of September at Quest Prep in Las Vegas, and when the school wasn't getting its program lined out the way the family wanted, Clark came home.

October was an intense month of recruiting, with programs from coast to coast pursuing him. Ultimately, he chose Oklahoma State over Baylor, Missouri and a few others.

He signed in early November, but even that brought stress. He went back and forth on his decision, then he and his mother got the paperwork to OSU late at night in the final hours of the signing period.

“Vegas was the hardest for me, just letting him go,” Dorshell Clark said. “With the work he had put in, I felt the need to allow him to go.

“We were very stressed out during the recruiting process. Everything was a teaching process.”

Once the season started, things got a little easier, until injuries started popping up. He suffered a stress fracture in his left wrist around Christmas, and dealt with the pain the rest of the year.

His sprained ankle at the state tournament nearly kept him out of the semifinals. But he played that game, and the next, scoring 51 in the finals, his last two free throws clinching the 82-80 win over Roland.

“It felt great to win another championship,” Clark said. “I knew it was my last time to play high school basketball. Now I got time to take a break and start getting ready for Oklahoma State.”

by Scott Wright
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A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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