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January 11, 2013

BIG 12 MBB: Kruger helps OU's Clark find comfort zone

NORMAN — There’s no manual for putting a team together. Figuring out where all the pieces fit is a trial-and-error process. It can take weeks, months or even years before it comes together.

Oklahoma’s Cameron Clark knows that process all too well. Finding his spot on the floor has been a tedious process. But after two-and-a-half seasons of college basketball, the junior has finally found his comfort zone.

What’s odd is he found out he plays his best where the room to maneuver is minuscule and contact is a given — the post.

“I looked at it as a new start for myself, and it’s been going pretty good,” Clark said.

The move occurred five games ago as OU was preparing to face Texas A&M on Dec. 15. The Aggies were a team with big, physical post players. If you can’t match size, counteracting it with quickness is the next best option.

Clark has a ton of that. There won’t be many games this season when the 6-foot-6, 208-pound junior isn’t the best athlete on the court. Without a doubt, Clark is the most explosive dunker OU’s had since Blake Griffin. The only problem is he isn’t 6-foot-10 and 235 pounds.

His more natural spot is on the wing where he’s played throughout his basketball life. He looked really well out there as a freshman. Clark averaged 9.3 points and was one of that team’s best scorers in Big 12 Conference play.

However, Clark has never been much of a 3-point shooter. He only attempted 18 as a sophomore. He prefers to drive to the basket. Once opponents figured that out, his wings were clipped and his confidence waned. Instead of being explosive, Clark looked timid.

OU was willing to try anything to get Clark’s confidence back. It came against the Aggies when Clark poured in 17 points.

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