With NBA eyes watching, the Sooners' Cameron Clark stole the show vs. Kansas

Even in a 90-83 loss, Clark served notice that he's one of the best players around and that his team could make some noise in the Big 12.
by Jenni Carlson Published: January 8, 2014

NORMAN — Thunder owner Clay Bennett sat front row mid court Wednesday night at the Lloyd Noble Center.

Thunder general manager Sam Presti was three rows off the floor across from the Oklahoma bench.

And Bobcats general manager Rich Cho was next to fellow NBA talent scouts representing the Rockets, Cavaliers and Pelicans.

With Kansas in town to play Oklahoma, the NBA types came out in force to watch some of the top talent in the country. Future first-rounders Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid were supposed to be the stars, but the best player on the floor was neither of those Jayhawk freshmen.

Sooner senior Cameron Clark stole the show.

Even in a 90-83 loss, he served notice that he’s one of the best players around and that his team could make some noise in the Big 12.

Clark scored 32 points on only 18 shots in just 29 minutes.

Wowza.

“Obviously, I’m just glad he only played 29 minutes,” Kansas coach Bill Self said, “because if he’d played 35 minutes, he would’ve got 40.

“We couldn’t guard him.”

 The only thing that stopped him were fouls and other guys wearing short white pants. Foul trouble limited Clark early, then late, the Sooners managed to get the ball to the Big 12’s leading scorer only once in the final couple minutes of the game.

That should never be acceptable for the Sooners, and in a game when they had a chance to beat the nine-time defending champ and make an early statement to the rest of the league, it is really a shame.

OU cut the lead to four points after Clark went to the free-throw line and scored his 32nd point of the game, tying a career high, with 1:55 left.

He’d scored a minute or so earlier on a smooth jumper, then drove to the hoop and drew contact even though he had four fouls of his own. He seemed to be finding a late groove.

The Jayhawks had to be worried. Even though they shot the ball extremely well throughout the night and finished the game hitting nearly 55 percent of their shots, they couldn’t shake the Sooners. This is a young Kansas squad, and it has its struggles defensively.


by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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