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Bearcats Clark added to two Watch Lists before season starts

Senior forward Gary Clark was added to two award watch lists yesterday (Lute Olson National Player of the Year and the Oscar Robinson Trophy). Clark is a very mild mannered young man, but when he is on the court he is a problem (not a bad problem). Ex-Bearcat point guard Troy Caupain called Clark a walking double double all the time in press conferences after games. It is cool to see Clark get some recognition because he isn’t a selfish player, he does everything on the floor well on both sides, if you need a face up jumper he can do that, if you need a block he can do that, if you need good ball movement he can do that.

The Bearcats are a very talented team this year, so it will be interesting to see what type of number he posts in his senior year. I hope he can make the final lists of both of these awards. I think the tempo they plan to play this year will allow his numbers to stay steady, but he is so unselfish I don’t see them making a huge jump and that is no fault to his skills because if he needs to takeover he has the game to do that just that.

Good luck Mr. Clark.

Per GoBearcats

University of Cincinnati senior Gary Clark (Clayton, N.C./Clayton HS) has been named one of 40 players on the Lute Olson Award Watch List announced Monday.

The Lute Olson National Player of the Year Award is presented annually to the nation’s top Division I player who has played at least two seasons. The award will be announced on March 31, 2018 at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Event in San Antonio, site of the men’s NCAA Basketball Championship.

Clark has received praise throughout the preseason, having been named to watch lists for the Oscar Robertson Player of the Year Award and the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award. He was tabbed an American Athletic Conference Second Team selection by the league’s coaches at preseason media day.

Clark averaged 10.8 points and 7.9 rebounds during the 2016-17 season while earning selection to the American Championship All-Tournament team. He ranked among the league leaders in field goal percentage (fourth at .529), rebounds (fourth at 7.9), blocks (tied for ninth at 1.2) and scoring (26th at 10.8).

Clark enters the 2017-18 campaign ranked third in the nation among returning players with 819 career rebounds. He needs two points to join UC’s 1,000-point club and is on pace to finish his career ranked among the top five players in school history for rebounds and blocks.

// 2018 LUTE OLSON NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD WATCH LIST

Jalen Adams, Connecticut
Deng Adel, Louisville
Peyton Aldridge, Davidson
Grayson Allen, Duke
Joel Berry II, North Carolina
Trevon Bluiett, Xavier
Miles Bridges, Michigan State
Bruce Brown Jr., Miami
Jalen Brunson, Villanova
Jevon Carter, West Virginia
Joe Chealey, Charleston
Gary Clark, Cincinnati
Chris Clemons, Campbell
Bonzie Colson, Notre Dame
Mike Daum, South Dakota State
Tyler Davis, Texas A&M
Angel Delgado, Seton Hall
Shannon Evans II, Arizona State
Marcus Foster, Creighton
Nana Foulland, Bucknell
Devonte Graham, Kansas
Tyler Hall, Montana State
Ethan Happ, Wisconsin
Kevin Hervey, UT Arlington
Aaron Holiday, UCLA
Ben Lammers, Georgia Tech
Jock Landale, Saint Mary’s
Kelan Martin, Butler
Yante Maten, Georgia
E.C. Matthews, Rhode Island
Jordan McLaughlin, USC
Chimezie Metu, USC
Shake Milton, SMU
Chima Moneke, UC Davis
Landry Shamet, Wichita State
D’Marcus Simmonds, Georgia State
MaCio Teague, UNC Asheville
Reid Travis, Stanford
Allonzo Trier, Arizona
Robert Williams, Texas A&M

Per GoBearcats

University of Cincinnati senior Gary Clark (Clayton, N.C./Clayton HS) has been named one of 32 players for the Oscar Robertson Trophy Preseason Watch List, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association announced Monday.

Already this preseason, Clark has been named to the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Watch List and was selected American Athletic Conference Second Team by the league’s coaches at preseason media day on Oct. 16.

Clark averaged 10.8 points and 7.9 rebounds during the 2016-17 season while earning selection to the American Championship All-Tournament team. He ranked among the league leaders in field goal percentage (fourth at .529), rebounds (fourth at 7.9), blocks (tied for ninth at 1.2) and scoring (26th at 10.8).
Clark enters the 2017-18 campaign ranked third in the nation among returning players with 819 career rebounds. He needs two points to join UC’s 1,000-point club and is on pace to finish his career ranked among the top five players in school history for rebounds and blocks.

The award is to be presented to the national player of the year at the NCAA Final Four in San Antonio by its namesake, the former three-time All-American and all-time leading scorer and rebounder at Cincinnati. Robertson was a two-time USBWA Player of the Year. It is the nation’s oldest player of the year award and the only one named after a former player.

While these standout players are the initial contenders for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, all NCAA Division I players are eligible for postseason honors from the USBWA. For the ninth straight season, the USBWA will present an Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week each Tuesday beginning Dec. 12.

In mid-March, the USBWA will announce its 2017-18 All-America Team and, at that time, finalists will also be chosen for the player of the year. Once finalists are announced, the entire USBWA membership will vote for the winner of the Oscar Robertson Trophy.

// 2018 OSCAR ROBERTSON TROPHY CANDIDATES

Jaylen Adams, St. Bonaventure
Deng Adel, Louisville
Grayson Allen, Duke
KeVaughn Allen, Florida
Deandre Ayton, Arizona
Marvin Bagley III, Duke
Mohamed Bamba, Texas
Joel Berry II, North Carolina
Trevon Bluiett, Xavier
Miles Bridges, Michigan State
Bruce Brown Jr., Miami
Jalen Brunson, Villanova
Jevon Carter, West Virginia
Wendell Carter Jr., Duke
Gary Clark, Cincinnati
Bonzie Colson, Notre Dame
Mike Daum, South Dakota State
Angel Delgado, Seton Hall
Hamidou Diallo, Kentucky
Trevon Duval, Duke
Devonté Graham, Kansas
Ethan Happ, Wisconsin
Kevin Knox, Kentucky
Jock Landale, Saint Mary’s
Yante Maten, Georgia
Chimezie Metu, USC
Michael Porter Jr., Missouri
Collin Sexton, Alabama
Landry Shamet, Wichita State
Reid Travis, Stanford
Allonzo Trier, Arizona
Robert Williams, Texas A&M

Managing Editor of Bearcat Insider, I've been on the BCI team the last couple of years. I made the final four in the Biggest Big East Fan contest in 2011, I covered UC also on Cincy on the Prowl. I'm just a lefty trying to get buckets in this game called life Van Exel style.

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