By John Raslowsky, PSO Asst. Director of Basketball Scouting
Jun 17, 2019

Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia

School: Gonzaga

Class: Junior

Age: 22

Ht: 6’8″

Wt: 207

Wingspan: 6’8″ 

Vertical: 40.5″

  • Transferred from San Jose State to Gonzaga in 2017, had 0 Power 5 offers out of high school
  • WCC Defensive Player of the Year, 3rd team All-American, and All-WCC 1st team in 2019
  • Jonied Shaq & David Robertson as only players with 35+ points and 5+ blocks in NCAA tournament game

Pros

  • Gets separation in the lane
  • Size to guard larger forwards
  • Good speed for a big guy
  • Excellent timing and instincts
  • Natural leaping ability
 

Cons

  • Lacks solid strength
  • Not enough length for position
 

Grade: A-

Pros

  • Modern NBA defender
  • Can start and finish the break
  • Great offensive screen player
  • Plays within himself 

 

Cons

  • Needs to improve jump shot
  • Struggles to guard 6’11+ players
  • Lacks creativity on offense

 

Grade: B+

 

Pros

  • More blocks than missed FG
  • Led NCAA in defensive rating (82.9)
  • Led NCAA in field goal percentage (68.7)
  • Lock down defender (3.2 blocks 1.2 steals)
  • 3 offensive rebounds per game

 

Cons

  • Minimal passing production
  • Not threat from 3 (26.7%)
 

Grade: A

Pros

  • Incredible effort on both sides
  • Very intelligent player
  • Will play his role
  • Defensive x-factor
 

Cons

  • 4 total years in college
  • Questions about his position
  • Must add weight while maintaining quickness
 

Grade: B+

Clarke was left off everybody’s draft board before the season, but was able to flip the script with an all-around dominant junior season at Gonzaga. His athleticism will be his calling card in the league, and his offensive game holds potential for growth. Being 22 already is a negative because he will need to develop quickly in order to stick around.

Pro Comp: F Pascal Siakam (Toronto Raptors)

Prime Destinations: BOS, MIN, WAS

OVERALL Grade: B+

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