Ian Clark sounded groggy and sleep-derived.
Even fatigue couldn’t mask exhilaration.
Wednesday, the former Belmont guard signed a two-year contract with the Utah Jazz. The deal comes just two days after Clark scored 33 points and made seven 3-pointers during an MVP performance for the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Summer League championship game.
Clark spent two weeks on two different summer league teams – the Warriors and Miami Heat. In Orlando earlier in the month, he averaged 16.4 points for the Heat.
“It is overwhelming. It is incredible – incredible,” Clark said. “I don’t really have a lot of words for it. It is a dream come true. Guys work their whole lives to get to this point to go play on the biggest stage in the world basketball-wise. For me to be a part of that is great.”
Clark, who went undrafted in June, was unsure of many of the details of the contract. He left negotiations to his agent, Jamar Smiley, of BDA Sports Management.
Clark will head to Salt Lake City, Utah on Monday to meet with coach Tyrone Corbin and general manager Dennis Lindsey. He is guaranteed a spot in training camp in October.
He said the Jazz were not one of eight teams he worked out for before the NBA Draft. But they did express interest before he headed out to Vegas for his second summer league stint. Along with the Jazz, Golden State, Miami and Portland explored the possibility of getting Clark to training camp.
The 6-foot-3 guard from Memphis graduated from Belmont in May as the school’s NCAA era leader in career points and 3-pointers made. He was named the co-OVC player of the year and defensive player of the year in 2012-13. During his career, he led the Bruins to three NCAA Tournaments, four conference championships and three league tournament titles.
“All I wanted was an opportunity,” Clark said. “That is all I really wanted – to showcase. I’m just blessed to have this opportunity with Utah and I’m going to make the best of it.”