Clarke ready for bigger role with BG men PDF Print E-mail
Written by JACK CARLE/Sentinel Sports Editor   
Friday, 05 July 2013 09:31
BGSU mens basketball player Spencer Parker replenishes after practice July 1, 2013 at the Stroh Center. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
After two years of watching from the bench, Jehvon Clarke is ready to lead the Bowling Green men’s basketball team.
‘‘I have been waiting for this moment ever since I was a freshman,’’ Clarke said. ‘‘Once the lights go on, it time to perform; that’s what it’s all about ...  I’m ready for the challenge, and I’m ready for a great season.’’
A second-team All-Ohio selection at Canton Timken in 2010-11, Clarke has been a reserve for the Falcons the last two years playing in 62 games. He is a 6-feet-1 guard, who has averaged 9.2 minutes, 2.8 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.
‘‘I’m just doing what I have to do in order for our team to win,’’ Clark said about the upcoming season. ‘‘If coach wants me to score, pass, get rebounds, it doesn’t matter.’’
Clarke and his teammates are allowed to have practices in the summer with the coaches. The on-court sessions are two hours a week for eight weeks. The rest of the time allowed by the NCAA is spent working in the weight room and with conditioning.
‘‘It works around their class schedule and our travel schedule (for recruiting),’’ BG head coach Louis Orr said.
With the second six-week session of summer school starting this week, the Falcons were on the court at the Stroh Center.
‘‘We have three new faces, but we have a pretty experienced team for the most part, and our freshmen are pretty high IQ guys. They have been well-coached and they have a good understanding of certain fundamentals,’’ Orr said.
‘‘This is great preparation,’’ Clarke said. ‘‘Whatever we have got to do to win, that’s what it’s all about.
‘‘It starts now, you get better in the summer and if this helps us get it done in the summer, I’m all for it.’’
The practices give the coaching staff a chance to see the strengths of the three incoming freshmen — Zach Denny, a 6-2 guard who was the top scorer in Ohio this past season; J.D. Tisdale, a 6-5 guard; and Garrett Mayleben, a 6-9 forward — and improvements that the returning players have made in the off-season.
With the graduation of four seniors, including leading scorers A’uston Calhoun and Jordon Crawford, the roles for everyone on the team will be expanded for the 2013-14 season, Orr said.
‘‘They have a lot to look forward to because everybody is going to be counted on to contribute more,’’ Orr said. ‘‘They are excited to get back to work.’’
Two players are currently not practicing, senior Craig Sealey and Denny.
Orr said Sealey had minor surgery to clean up some issues in his knees.
‘‘He should be ready to go by the start of practice,’’ Orr said. ‘‘It was something that was bothering him last year.’’
Orr said Denny is ‘‘resting some areas’’ and he may have corrective work done.
‘‘Until he sees his doctor, we are going to hold him out,’’ Orr said. ‘‘It’s nothing major; just some things he has to get looked at and cleaned up if necessary.’’
Bowling Green is expected to play a 31-game schedule, including an 18-game Mid-American Conference slate this season.
As part of its non-league schedule, Bowling Green is playing at Wright State and Morehead State, and has home games with North Dakota and South Florida.
Last Updated on Friday, 05 July 2013 10:36

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