Third one’s a charm, Clark picks up more hardware as USBWA national player of the week

Third one’s a charm, Clark picks up more hardware as USBWA national player of the week

Rolla, Mo. – Roughly 36 hours after picking up his fourth career SAC player of the week honor, and six hours after he was named TSWA State Player of  the Week, Charles Clark (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) Charles Clark saw another accolade role in. 

The junior guard was named United State Basketball Writers' Association National Player of the Week. Clark is the first Carson-Newman player to win the award, and the second from the South  Atlantic Conference following Lincoln Memorial's Jalen Steele last year. 

The Murfreesboro, Tenn.-native started the week with a 27-point, 13-rebound, six-assist effort in a 100-77 win over Anderson, and followed that up with a 28-point, 13-rebound, seven-assist performance in a 110-91 triumph over Newberry.

For the week, Clark averaged 27.5 points, 13 boards, 6.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game.  He produced back-to-back double-doubles for the first time in his career. 

Entering the week, Kyle Gribble was the only C-N men's basketball player with a 25-point, 10-rebound, five-assist effort for the Eagles this century.  Clark did it twice this week. 

The 27 and 28 points were each season highs for Clark.  The 13 boards are both career highs.  The six, then seven assists are also season highs for the junior. 

Clark has now strung together 51 consecutive contests where he has scored in double digits.  He has topped 25 in three straight game.  Clark has 37 career 20-point scoring efforts, and 10 this season. 

Clark and the rest of the Eagles will be in action Wednesday night at 8 p.m. at Lincoln Memorial.  Pregame coverage starts at 7:45 with the AEC Countdown to Tipoff on Mountain Country 106.3 (WPFT-FM, Sevierville) and online at