Men's Basketball Adds SJSU Transfer Brandon Clarke
Sept. 1, 2017
SPOKANE, Wash. -- Brandon Clarke, a transfer from San Jose State University, signed a financial aid agreement at Gonzaga University and will join the men's basketball team.
Clarke will enroll in classes at Gonzaga and be eligible for the 2018-19 season after sitting out the upcoming season due to NCAA transfer rules. He'll have two years of eligibility remaining.
"Brandon is an excellent addition to our program," Head Coach Mark Few said. "Not only is he a good player, he is a great person. He is a proven high-caliber scorer and rebounder, and is also an outstanding defender. Brandon will be a great fit to our team and we are excited to have him as a Zag."
Clarke is 208 points away from the 1,000-point plateau in his collegiate career. Following the 2016-17 season, he was named First Team All-Mountain West Conference, becoming only the second SJSU player in 20 years to make first-team all-conference. He was voted the Mountain West Sixth Man of the Year in 2015-16 by the league's head coaches, becoming the first freshman to ever win the award since its inception in 2009.
Clarke averaged a team-high 17.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game last season for the Spartans. He made a Mountain West best 59.2 percent of his shots from the field. His 2.57 blocks per game were good for 15th in Division I basketball. Clarke was the only player in the Mountain West to finish top-three in per-game scoring, rebounding and blocked shots.
Clarke was also tabbed to the Mountain West's All-Defense Team after blocking a SJSU program record 77 shots during the 2016-17 season. He also broke the single game record with seven blocks against UNLV.
During his freshman season, Clarke averaged 10.1 points and a team-leading 7.3 rebounds per game during conference play, and ended the year as SJSU's most efficient shooter at 63.4 percent.
A standout at Desert Vista High School, Clarke recorded 10 triple-doubles as a senior that included points, rebounds and blocks, and led Desert Vista to the Division I state championship game in 2015.
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