Mountain Lions add 6-foot-11 center Kyle Clark
COLORADO SPRINGS - The 2011 recruiting season started in a big way for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs men's basketball program as coach Russ Caton announced Wednesday that he had received a National Letter of Intent from 6-foot-11 center Kyle Clark.
Clark will be transferring to UCCS from Long beach City College, where he averaged 7.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game this past season. He helped the Vikings to a 14-11 record in the regular season, including a 9-4 mark in the South Coast Conference. LBCC went on to win a first-round game in the SoCal Regional before being beaten by Mount San Antonio College, which finished as the state runner up.
"Kyle is a 6-foot-11 hustle player that plays the kind of team ball we are looking for," said Caton. "We are all excited about what Kyle can bring to the program."
The Lakewood, Calif., native is very agile and skilled for a man his size. During his tryout, he grabbed a rebound and, seeing that the opponents' transition defense had spread too wide, took the opportunity to dribble straight upcourt himself. At midcourt he executed a hesitation step followed by a crossover dribble that left a guard grasping for air.
Clark will begin the fall semester as a junior.
"He is a very good student looking to study law," said Caton. "He is going to be a good leader for us and give us a very solid presence inside. Having someone his size move as well as he does is going to be a great asset to our program."
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