DRAFT TRADE: Traded to Memphis Grizzlies
About Brandon Clarke
Brandon Clarke is a somewhat undersized but extremely athletic power forward who led the nation in scoring efficiency and blocked shots at a tremendous rate in his only season at Gonzaga. The Vancouver, Canada native was lightly regarded prospect in the high school class of 2015, but averaged 8.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game as a true freshman at San Jose State before earning All-Mountain West 1st team honors averaging 17.5 points and 8.9 rebounds per game as a sophomore. Transferred to Gonzaga to play for Mark Few sitting out the 2017-18 season before teaming with Rui Hachimura to form one of the best mid-major frontcourts of all time this season. Averaged 16.9 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game bursting on the national scene showing well throughout the Bulldogs grueling non-conference schedule to earn All-American nods from several outlets.
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- Possesses average size for a forward measured at 6’8.25 in shoes with a 6’8,25 wingspan. Emerged as a difference maker around the rim on both ends of the floor despite his lack of length thanks in large part to his tremendous combination of quickness and leaping ability.
- Had a sensational year scoring inside in a variety of ways with his energy, explosiveness, and floor game. Played a lot of center last season proving to be a major mismatch. Finished the season as the most efficient volume scorer in the country despite attempting very few shots from beyond the arc.
- Among the most promising, versatile defenders available in this draft. Not the longest forward, but tremendous athleticism makes him a factor as a fearless shot blocker, multi-positional defender, and rebounder. Had several very impressive stretches guarding opposing teams’ top wing scorers, let alone after switches.
- Allowed only 0.786 points per Post Up possession [57th percentile] and 0.741 points per Isolation possession[55th percentile] while also producing blocks and steals at a very high level without fouling. Has no shame hunting blocks going up and trying to use verticality even when offensive players get a head of steam attacking the rim.
- One of four finalists for the 2018-19 Naismith Defensive Player of the Year.
- 2018-19 AP All-America Third Team selection.
- On 2018-19 National Player of the Year midseason watch lists for both the Naismith (top 30) and Oscar Robertson (top 20) trophies.
- 2018-19 WCC Defender and Newcomer of the Year as a Junior.
- Played his first two season at San Jose State. Sat out the 2017-18 season under NCAA transfer rules.
- 2016-17 All-MWC First Team and Defensive Team selection as a Sophomore at San Jose State.
- Averaged 16.9 points (eighth in WCC), 8.6 rebounds (third) and 3.2 blocks (first) in 28.1 minutes per game.
- Led the nation in field goal percentage (68.7) and total blocks (117).
- Selected to All-WCC First Team.
- Scored a Gonzaga NCAA Tournament-record 36 points on 15-for-18 shooting against Baylor in the second round.
- Posted 17 points, five rebounds and six blocks in 23 minutes in a win over No. 1 Duke (Nov. 21).
- Explosive leaper with a solid feel for the game.
- Makes athletic plays above the rim at both ends of the court.
- Can defend multiple positions.
- Shows precise timing as a shot blocker.
- Favorite TV show is Game of Thrones.
- Moved from Vancouver to Phoenix when he was 3.