Before the start of the NBA regular season, Jackson Clark (`17) had a chance to play basketball with Kyrie Irving, point guard of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Clark was able to scrimmage the NBA superstar with about eight other people in Streetsboro. With a basketball trainer in common, Clark arrived for a scheduled scrimmage when Irving visited as a guest. Clark was extremely excited to meet his favorite basketball player.
They both played with and against each other in different games. Clark briefly guarded Irving in the post, but Clark said it was difficult because it was a “true mismatch” (Clark is 5’9” and Irving is 6’3”). At the end of the scrimmage, Clark asked Irving how to improve. Irving gave good pointers, which will help Clark’s game this upcoming season.
Mr. David Pfundstein (`93), Dean of Student Life and Head Coach of the Boys Varsity Basketball team, said, “Any opportunity to play against a professional athlete is a great opportunity to see where Jackson is as a basketball player.” Mr. Pfundstein also mentioned that it will be something Clark will always remember.
The basketball season starts when the Lancers play West Geauga on December 6. George Klonaris (`17) Manager of the Boys Varsity Basketball team, said, “Jackson Clark had a great off-season of hard work, and I know he is motivated to lead the team to great things.”
Clark is looking forward to a successful season as starting shooting guard for the Lancers.