His trip to Arizona has its twists and turns, but the future freshman covers most of what Adia Barnes wants to see in his program. Last season, Barnes encountered problems with what he called “attitudes.” According to Whistle Sports’ No Day Off feature of the 2022 guard, that shouldn’t be Barnes ’concern with Clark’s arrival in Tucson.
“He’s the epitome of work ethic,” the Long Island Lutheran head coach Christina Right told Whistle Sports.
That work ethic comes first in the family sometimes.
“Paris got to where she is today with diligence and dedication,” her mother said Nancy Clark said. “I remember my family asking, ‘We haven’t seen Paris.’ I said, ‘Well, he’s working and you can see why then.’ And, now, they understand. ”
This should come as no surprise to anyone watching Clark at the McDonald’s All-American game or the Jordan Brand Classic. Despite being in all the games, Clark doesn’t play like someone looking for his own statistics. He hurried to the defense. He puts on teammates.
The Wildcats are known on defense, but one of their shortcomings in a few years is rebounding. Ari McDonald an effective rebounder from the college guard position, and Barnes said he believes Clark too. It’s part of what he learned during his prep career.
“He was not only able to score but to rebound at a high level against some of the best in the country,” Raiti said.
That comes from working on himself and from getting up to the challenges his coaches create.
“Paris is very good at what it does,” Raiti said. “But we tried our best to challenge him in every scenario so that when he enters the game he looks like a second character.”
It’s not just about physical fitness in basketball, though. Maintaining a similar emotional balance is important for Clark to learn as well.
“Throughout the years, Coach Raiti has definitely taught me how to stay focused, how to stay neutral,” Clark said. “He motivated me to lead the team.”
There is room for all of Clark’s skills and attitudes upon arrival in Arizona. The Wildcats struggled to score last season. That’s not a problem for Clark, who is averaging 24.2 points in 18 games as a senior.
They need rebounding. Clark averaged 7.8 RPGs last season.
And while there are leaders like the fifth-year senior Cate Reese on the team, formerly Wildcat Sam Thomas, who was a captain for five years, showed it was possible to be a leader from day one.
As for moving beyond the interpersonal difficulties of the past year that Barnes explained, when Clark signed in April, Barnes called him “a player who really fits us and fits us culturally and in every way. except in court which is one of the most common things. with him. ”
Clark seems ready for that.
“I feel like I can take a lot to the Arizona Wildcats,” Clark said. “Definitely defense, defensive intensity. Leadership, which makes my colleagues happy. I score because that is the main goal of basketball. And I will definitely do everything they need me to do and just win a national championship.