Clarkson selected Player of the Week
Monday, December 9, 2013
COLUMBIA — Missouri junior guard Jordan Clarkson was named the National Player of the Week by College Sports Madness on Monday as well as the Southeastern Conference Player of the Week.
Clarkson, a 6-foot-5 point guard, led the Tigers to victories against West Virginia (80-71) and No. 17 UCLA (80-71) this week, averaging 23 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals.
Clarkson pushed his streak to five consecutive games scoring at least 20 points, hitting for 25 against West Virginia in the Big 12/SEC Challenge before going for 21 in the win against the nationally-ranked Bruins. He is the first Tiger to accomplish that since Thomas Gardner in the 2005-06 season.
Clarkson grabbed a season high six rebounds in the win against the Mountaineers and dished a season-high six assists in the victory against UCLA.
The wins pushed Missouri to 9-0 on the year, the second time the Tigers have been 9-0 under the direction of head coach Frank Haith. Missouri moved into the Associated Press Top 25, settling in at 24th. The Tigers sit just outside the USA Today Coaches poll as the first team in the others receiving votes category.
Clarkson, a Tulsa transfer, is currently leading the Southeastern Conference in scoring (20.2 ppg.), just ahead of teammate, Jabari Brown, who ranks third in the league at 19.4 points per game.
Clarkson is also fourth in the SEC in assists per game (3.8) and ranks 10th overall in field goal percentage (.515) and second in free-throw percentage (.884).
Missouri will host Western Michigan at 6 p.m. Sunday (ESPNU-TV).
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