Utah Jazz 2013 Player Profile: Ian Clark
Ian Clark would like to consider himself versatile enough to play either point guard or wing guard for the Utah Jazz, depending on where the team wants to put him. But right now, the undrafted rookie is looking to take a shot at a career in the NBA.
He might make it with the Jazz, especially if he shows the coaching staff he’s diversified enough to help the team in various areas.
Clark played college ball at Belmont University and eventually made the A-Sun all-conference first team and led the team to the NCAA-basketball tournament. He was also the league’s top defensive player. He’s a winner and can play well at both ends of the court.
Clark can be an asset off the bench for the Jazz both offensively and defensively.
Clark should be a good shooter for the Jazz considering he shot 55% from the floor last year at Belmont and 46% in threes.
Granted that was for Belmont, not exactly the top program in the country, but still an NCAA-basketball qualifier. But he went undrafted, probably because he’s only 6-foot-3, 175 pounds.
Clark tried to get a spot with the Miami Heat during the Orlando Summer League and with the Golden State Warriors in the Las Vegas Summer League. He showed promise with both teams. He signed a contract with the Jazz with the belief he might be able to contribute immediately.
That’s very possible and Clark doesn’t care if he’s a shooting guard or point guard where Trey Burke, the team’s No. 1 draft pick, is also playing. He can shoot and bring the ball up the court very well.
It’s likely Clark will prove something to those teams that decided not to draft him.