Great Britain forward Dan Clark has emerged from obscurity over the past two games for Spanish ACB side Estudiantes, scoring in double digits in both outings and seeing extended minutes for the first time since the start of the season.
The 6’10″ big man had 14 points and 5 rebounds in 14 minutes against Lucentum Alicante in just 21 minutes, before following that up with 11 points on 5/7 shooting, all in the first half, against Valencia on Saturday night.
Heading into this season there were big expectations for Clark after his stellar performances at Eurobasket in the summer, however, when Clark spent the vast majority of the season planted to the bench it caught many, including himself, off guard.
However, he refuses to blame the coach, being unable to pinpoint why he hasn’t been playing. Talking to FIBA, he said:
“I don’t want to say anything against the coach. (But) Physically, I felt great coming into the season. I don’t think we understood each other and that’s what it came down to. It wasn’t physical, or mental – I was really confident. I felt great. I was really looking forward to the season and looking forward to playing, but something happened and it didn’t work out.”
“It’s one of those things you have to put behind you. If I keep thinking about it, or keep dwelling on it, the only person it’s going to affect is me. So it’s just one of those things I have to put behind me and look forward.”
And he has a lot to look forward to with the Olympics fast approaching, an event he admits, that “everyone is thinking about”. However, first he must finish the season, one that will hopefully contain many more games like the last two.
You can follow Clark’s stats for the season on the ACB website.
Read the full interview at FIBA.com.
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