May 27, 2008
John Clark, a 6-foot-10 post player from Cochise Junior College in Douglas, Ariz., has signed a letter of intent to attend Eastern Washington University and play for the Eagles.
Compared to former Eagle Paul Butorac, Clark will have four years to complete three years of eligibility at Eastern. He spent his senior season in Wrangell, Alaska, and is a 2007 graduate of Mt. Edgecumbe High School.
"He's long and athletic," said EWU head coach Kirk Earlywine. "He'll remind Eagle fans of Paul Butorac in terms of his length and athleticism. He's also skilled and has a knack for scoring both in the post and on the perimeter."
Clark averaged 9.3 points and 3.9 rebounds in the 2007-08 season for Cochise, which finished the season 19-12. Clark made 60 percent of his field goal attempts (98-of-163) and 70 percent of his free throws (54-of-77).
Butorac averaged 8.5 points and 4.4 rebounds in his 113-game EWU career, and finished with EWU's blocked shots records for a single season (51) and career (99). Butorac also had 101 dunks and made 64.0 percent of his shots from the floor.
"If John pays attention to his body and works as hard as he needs to in the weight room, he has a chance to be a terrific player in our program," added Earlywine.
Clark was originally going to attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks, but after a coaching change at UAF he ended up at Cochise. While at Mt Edgecumbe, Clark was a first team Class 3A selection on the Anchorage Daily News/Alaska Media All-State Basketball Team.
He also earned all-tournament honors at the Alaska School Activities Association State 3A Tournament in 2007. He averaged nearly 20 points and 14 rebounds in three games, with 25 points and 14 rebounds in a first-round loss; 14 points, 18 rebounds and four blocked shots in a consolation bracket win; and 22 points and nine rebounds in a consolation loss.
Before attending Mt. Edgecumbe, he played two years at Western Mennonite School in Salem, Ore. He helped lead the Pioneers to a third-place finish at the Oregon State 2A Tournament as he earned first team all-conference honors and Northwesthoops.com All-State accolades.
Clark was born Jan. 21, 1989, in Anchorage, Alaska. He is the son of John Clark and Rosemary Hoff. He intends to major in English or journalism at Eastern.