CHS grad drops 1,000th career point and is one win away Final Four appearance

Jack “Silk” Clark, a 2018 graduate of Cheltenham High School, was highlighted by The Philadelphia Inquirer for his continued success as a member of the Clemson University men’s basketball team, a program which is currently one win away from its first Final Four in the NCAA Tournament.

The article notes Clark’s patience in overcoming 10 injuries, seven surgeries, and two trips to the transfer portal during his basketball career to become a starter and defensive stopper for a 24-11 Clemson squad.

On Sunday, March 24, Clark netted a milestone, scoring his 1,000th career point in a win against Baylor University.

“It’s a great feeling, a lot of emotions,” Clark said. “And the emotions are good.”

The Inquirer story goes on to detail Clark’s basketball roots, including his father, John, who was the junior varsity coach at Cheltenham High, and his grandfather, John Parker, who was Millersville’s first basketball All-American. John went on to become an NBA referee, and his first game was NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s professional debut.

“It’s nothing but jubilation, honestly,” Pat Fleury said, the Panthers’ boys’ basketball coach, said. “ … It just gives [students] a sense of understanding that if you do things the right way, and keep the right attitude, then anything truly is possible.”

Clark and the Tigers took down No. 2 seed Arizona 77-72 in the Sweet 16 in Los Angeles on Thursday. For highlights, you can click here.

Clemson will play No. 4 seed Alabama tomorrow at 8:49pm.

For the full story by The Inquirer, you can click here.

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