Wes Clark averaged better than 20 minutes per game as a freshman last season.
July 29, 2014
By Mizzou Student Assistant R.J. Layton
Wes Clark is the lone returner for the Tigers in the backcourt this season after playing in 33 games and averaging 4.1 points and 2.1 assists in 20.4 minutes a contest. A native of Detroit, Mich., Clark's role is expected to increase as a sophomore and he has enjoyed a solid summer, which has included taking on a leadership role for several backcourt newcomers including freshmen Namon Wright and Tramaine Isabell. MUTigers.com spent some time with Clark recently to get his thoughts on the upcoming 2014-15 season.
Q: What about Mizzou drew you here initially?
WC: "Mizzou is a great place with a great atmosphere. It's a great place to learn and grow. I connected with the coaching staff and everyone else involved with Mizzou athletics. It was just a good opportunity for me to get the most out of myself."
Q: What has been the best part about your experience at Mizzou so far?
WC: "I would say the ROARS awards program for athletics at the end of the year. It's kind of like the closest thing to the Oscars for us and it's something that helped us celebrate the year as an entire athletics team. After going through it, it really caught my interest and is something I would like to be involved in."
Q: What about Mizzou drew you here? Why Mizzou over other offers?
WC: "I was just always a fan. I knew I wanted to be somewhere close because I have a huge family from St. Louis and them being able to come to games is important. I loved the coaches, the facilities and the campus. It was the perfect fit."
Q: How has getting major minutes prepared you for the future as a Tiger?
WC: "I know what I'm up against and I won't be surprised anymore. That familiarity takes away some nervousness that I had as a freshman. It's easy for me to connect with the team and the rest of the players now. I don't feel out of place being vocal now."
Q: What was it like learning under a guy like Jordan Clarkson?
WC: "Jordan and I are close friends. He taught me a lot about how to be a vocal leader, how to pick my team up and really just how to lead by example. Jordan showed me the way on the court and off the court and I just tried to learn from him."
Q: What's been your impression of Kim Anderson?
WC: "We have a big emphasis on defense. It's our main focus. That's a great thing to preach and this coaching staff does a great job of teaching us the way to play it right."
Q: How do you hope to make an impact with the freshman guards coming in?
WC: "I'll just try to guide them and help them avoid some of the same obstacles I went through. It's about keeping everyone on the same path to try and guide this team to a championship."
Q: What skills are you refining heading into next year?
WC: "Mainly focusing on defense. That was one of our big weaknesses last year. We weren't as good as we should have been. We're focusing on defense and letting that create for our offense and create for our ball handlers."
Q: What can you bring to the table offensively in 2014-15?
WC: "Just a sense of urgency. At all times we will give it our all and play as hard as we can. That's something I feel like I can control as our point guard. I want to instill in everyone that no matter how we feel, no matter how tired how we are or injured we are, we still have what it takes to come out with a win that particular night."
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