NBA projection: Some draft analysts think Clarkson is a late-first round pick, but others believe he’ll fall to the second round.
In his first season at Missouri after transferring from Tulsa, Clarkson was chosen second-team All-SEC by the league’s coaches and earned three league player-of-the-week honors, tops among SEC players. He finished seventh in the conference in scoring and assists and fourth in free-throw percentage.
Key statistics: 17.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.1 spg, 2.6 tpg, 35.1 mpg, .447 FG, .281 3PT, .831 FT
Cool statistic: Clarkson (162) and teammates Jabari Brown (212) and Earnest Ross (152) all made more than 100 free throws this season, the first time three players on one team accomplished that at Missouri since 1995-96.
Reminds me of: Rodney Stuckey
What Insiders Say
Former Missouri coach Frank Haith
"This is Jordan's first year and I think he struggled at times there [in assist-to-turnover stat]. I thought he was getting better. I think that in college basketball, with guys leaving early, you just have to do what you have to do to make your team competitive. I thought Jordan made great strides this year, but he's still got to grow there.”
What Outsiders Say
South Carolina coach Frank Martin
"When you have got a 6-5 point guard that is so explosive at getting the ball into the paint, it pressures your defense and you are trying to do it with freshmen. I love Clarkson. I think he is phenomenal and is a hard, hard guard because he is not a selfish player. You watch him play, and he is trying to run that team. He might make some mistakes here and there, but he takes that ball and he attacks that paint, and if he sees help his passes to [Jabari] Brown and [Ernest] Ross are clean. It's not like he is throwing them at their feet or over their heads. Then all those guys have to do is jump up and shoot it, and it's obvious they are really good at that."
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Missouri's Jordan Clarkson is a streaky scorer who has been up and down in his first season after transferring from Tulsa, but who was good enough to make second team all-SEC this season. He puts some scouts in mind of Indiana's George Hill. At 6-foot-5, Clarkson would be an average sized shooting guard; at the point, he has significant advantages at that size.
Scouts are now wowed by Clarkson's speed, but he can get to the basket and finish. He's also got the length to be a good defender and the smarts to run an offense. He will have to display he can handle the pounding of the pro game, though, and he'll have to show he can do more than what he's asked to do in Missouri Coach Frank Haith's offense. More>>