Western Illinois' Ceola Clark III Named Player of the Week

Western Illinois' Ceola Clark III (Photo by Dennis Hubbard)
Western Illinois' Ceola Clark III (Photo by Dennis Hubbard)

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ELMHURST, Ill. – Western Illinois guard Ceola Clark III was named Summit League Men's Basketball Player of the Week for his performance Nov. 26-Dec. 2.

Ceola Clark III, Western Illinois
Sr., G, Gurnee, Ill.

Clark III earned his third career award and first of the season after leading Western Illinois to a pair of road wins to open Summit League play 2-0. In the league opener at South Dakota, Clark III scored the game-winner as time expired as part of a 20-point performance. He also added four assists, three rebounds and two steals while shooting 61.5 percent (8-of-13) from the field and 50 percent (4-of-8) from three-point range. Two days later at Kansas City, Clark III scored a career-high 27 points in WIU's victory. In that contest, he also shot 61.5 percent (8-of-13) and improved to 62.5 percent (5-of-8) while dishing out four assists without committing a turnover. For the week, Clark III averaged 23.5 points, 4.0 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals with just one turnover during that span. He shot 61.5 percent from the field (16-of-26), connected on 56.3 of his three-point attempts (9-of-16) and converted all six free throws.

Also nominated: Mario Hines, Fort Wayne; Fred Chatmon, Kansas City; Taylor Braun, North Dakota State; Travis Bader, Oakland; Juevol Myles, South Dakota; Jordan Dykstra, South Dakota State.

Previous honorees: 11/12 – Nate Wolters, South Dakota State; 11/19 – Corey Petros, Oakland / Nate Wolters, South Dakota State; 11/26 – Taylor Braun, North Dakota State.

Entering its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League features men's basketball teams from nine member institutions: Fort Wayne, IUPUI, Kansas City, North Dakota State, Oakland, Omaha, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Western Illinois. Known as the Mid-Continent Conference until 2007, The Summit League enjoyed unprecedented success during a 2011-12 campaign that included an all-time best final RPI ranking, the highest home attendance in league history, the most teams in postseason tournaments, a record total of all-district honorees and the NCAA scoring champion. For more information about the league and to "See The Summit", visit www.thesummitleague.org and follow Summit League Basketball on Twitter @summithoops.