CAREER TRANSACTIONS: Selected the by Washington Wizards in the second round (46th overall pick) in the 2014 NBA Draft ... Traded on draft night to the Los Angeles Lakers ... Signed with the Lakers on August 25, 2014.
PROFESSIONAL: 2014 -15: All-Rookie First Team honors ... Averaged 11.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 0.86 steals and 0.20 blocks in 25.0 minutes over 59 games (38 starts) ... Logged 10+ points 33 times, including 20+ points 11 times and 30+ once … Recorded 10+ assists twice … Named Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month on 4/3 for games played in March, becoming the first-ever Lakers player to be honored with the award (first presented in 1981-82) ... Ranked among rookie league leaders in points (2nd/11.9), assists (3rd/3.5), FT% (3rd/.829), FG% (4th/.448) and rebounds (13th/3.2) ... Had two game-winning shots (FGM/FTM in last 10 seconds of 4th quarter or overtime) ... Named a starter for the final 38 games of the season, averaging a team-leading 15.8 points per game on 45.8% shooting to go with 5.0 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.05 steals ... Posted eight points, four rebounds and two assists in NBA debut 10/28 vs. Houston … Recorded 11 points, three rebounds and four assists in first career start in hometown of San Antonio on 1/23 … Scored a career-high 30 points (career-best tying 12 FG) with seven assists, four rebounds and three blocks 3/24 at Oklahoma City … Became the first Laker to have at least 30p/7a/4r/3b in a game since Kobe Bryant did so 3/6/07 at Minnesota … Hit the gamewinning free throws with 0.3 seconds remaining in overtime 3/25 at Minnesota … Tallied 26 points, including the game-winning 3’ layup in overtime with 0.9 seconds remaining, 11 assists and six rebounds 3/30 at Philadelphia … Became the 5th rookie in Lakers history to record at least 25 points and 10 assists in a game, joining Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Norm Nixon and Archie Clark … Over the last 13 games of the year, hit for 20+ points eight times, including one 30+ point outing … Missed one game due to a sprained left ankle (4/15) … DNP-CD 22 times ... NBA D-League: Played in five games on assignment with the Los Angeles D-Fenders, averaging 22.6 points, 7.8 assists and 5.0 rebounds in 36.0 minutes.
COLLEGE: 2013-14 Season: 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
PERSONAL: Father is Mike Clarkson, mother is Annette Davis and stepmother is Janie Clarkson ... Brother is Bear Clarkson, who plays collegiate basketball at Harris-Stowe State University ... Graduated with a degree from Missouri in Arts & Science ... Was a three-year letter winner and a three-year starter at Karen Wagner High School ... Was named the San Antonio High School Player of the Year as a senior ... Had his No. 22 jersey retired at Karen Wagner High School on Feb. 13, 2015 ... Did not play organized basketball until 9th grade, focusing instead on competing in track and field in the 400-, 200- and 100-meter sprints ... Ranked as the state of Texas’ 4th-best prospect as selected by Texashoops.com ... Helped lead his Wagner High School team to a combined 105-14 record in three seasons ... Averaged 18.9 points, 6.1 rebounds 3.4 assists and 2.1 steals during his senior campaign while leading his team to a 38-2 record and semifinal loss in the state championship ... Soccer was his favorite sport as a child ... Heavily involved in Lakers charitable efforts in 2014-15, giving back through the Lakers Youth Foundation Casino Night, Season of Giving Holiday Party for Kids, Season of Giving Toys for Tots, Fit for Life Health Fair, Connect A Million Minds, Active Alliance Highway to Health Fair, Lakers Youth Foundation Golf Tournament, Camp Lakers and the Special Olympics Play Unified Game.