Brandon Clarke Rumors
I’d love to hear a little bit about the feedback you have received during the pre-draft process so far. Brandon Clarke: Yeah! I’ve gotten pretty good feedback. I talked to lots of teams. I’ve just told them that I’ve been working on my shot, working on the things that they’ve wanted to see me improve. They all know that I’m good at, stopping the ball on defense. We all know that I’m pretty good at that. But they want to know if I’m going to be able to stretch the floor out more, which is what I’ve been working on really.
I’d love to hear a little more about your comfort now when it comes to spacing the floor. Brandon Clarke: Yeah there’s still obviously a big jump I can make. But as of right now, I’m pretty comfortable shooting it. Every time that I shoot it, it feels good. All that means to me really is that I’m going to keep on getting better and better and I’m really happy to get better too. I’ve been having lots of pride in getting my shot better recently. So just to feel it feel good when we are playing 3-on-3 or 4-on-4, it just shows that it’s been really comfortable.
Brandon Clarke: Getting invited to the green room at the draft was awesome because it’s confirmation that people see what I’m doing and they respect it and the type of player I am. My advice to any college basketball player with an NBA dream is to never stop working hard. Even if you’re going to a college that isn’t known or winning lots of games, you can still work hard and make it here. Being drafted is still dreamy.
What does Brandon Clarke do well? Clarke is an elite athlete, and he uses that athleticism most effectively when protecting the rim on the defensive end. The numbers he posted at the NBA Combine in terms of his vertical jump and agility drills were not surprising to anyone who watched him play in college, and that explosiveness allows him to cover a lot of ground around the paint to contest shots and challenge any player at the rim despite not having great length. He’s also one of the best I’ve seen at making second and third jumps in quick sequence. What makes him an elite rim protector, however, is that he’s able to pair his prodigious physical talents with excellent timing and an uncanny feel for blocking shots. When you put those traits in a single player, you get someone who led Division I in blocks last season while setting a new single season blocks record at Gonzaga. Here’s a fun stat: he had as many blocks (117) as he did missed field goals during his entire junior campaign.