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Mountain West Basketball Countdown: #15 - Brandon Clarke

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The San Jose State forward arrives at #15 on the MW countdown.

NCAA Basketball: San Jose State at UNLV Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports

If you don’t recognize the name Brandon Clarke, that’s alright. You will know it soon enough.

Clarke, a 6-8 sophomore forward for the San Jose State Spartans, is fresh off an incredible rookie season in the Mountain West. The Phoenix, Arizona recruit was a silver lining in SJSU’s treacherous 9-22 season - its fifth consecutive year with fewer than 10 victories.

Last season’s sixth man of the year finished with scorching shooting numbers that should bode well going forward. Clarke connected on 50% or more of his field goal attempts in 26 of his 31 appearances, with three of those sub-50% games in the first two weeks of the season. In conference play, Clarke led the MW in field goal percentage (68.6%) and effective field goal percentage (68.1%); was second in true shooting percentage (66.0%), third in both offensive efficiency rating (122.6) and block percentage (6.8%), and was also in the top 10 in free throw rate, offensive rebounding percentage and defensive rebounding percentage. Clarke is the real deal.

The MWC Connection staff has high hopes for Clarke this season. If there’s anyone that can lead the resurgence of the San Jose State basketball program, you’re probably looking at him right here. Clarke is young, talented, and has a bright future ahead.

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