Marvin Clark II Signs Professional Contract in Belgium
QUEENS, N.Y. – After wrapping a two-year St. John's playing career that saw him captain the team to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in nearly half a decade, Marvin Clark II has signed his first professional contract with Kangoeroes Basket Mechelen in Belgium's top league. Clark is the third member of the 2018-19 Red Storm to begin his professional career, joining Shamorie Ponds and Justin Simon, both of whom are currently playing in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. As a redshirt senior in 2018-19, Clark ranked fourth on the team in scoring with 10.5 points per game and was the squad's second leading rebounder with 5.4 boards per contest. He shot 39.0 percent from the floor and 35.3 percent from three while converting on 79.4 percent of his chances from the charity stripe. During his debut season with the Red Storm in 2017-18, Clark averaged 12.5 points on 45.8 percent shooting from the floor and 41.1 percent from three-point range, good enough for 10th in the BIG EAST in the latter category. He played a key role in the Johnnies' first win over a no. 1 opponent in 33 years, scoring 15 points on 5-of-8 shooting with a few late crucial free throws against Villanova on Feb. 7. Over the course of his St. John's career, the versatile 6-foot-7 forward connected on 137 3-pointers, good enough for seventh on the Red Storm's all-time triples list despite playing just two years. Clark finished both of his campaigns in red and white ranked inside the top 10 on the program's single-season 3-pointers list, as his 65 treys in 2017-18 rank ninth and his 72 threes in 2018-19 are tied for third in history of the team. Prior to arriving at St. John's, Clark played for two seasons at Michigan State under Head Coach Tom Izzo. While with the Spartans, the Kansas City, Mo., native suited up in the 2015 Final Four and was a part of a Big Ten title team in 2016. Clark scored 1,062 points in 136 games as a collegiate player.