Missouri Southern’s Elyjah Clark will continue is basketball career at the professional level

Clark signs to play basketball in Turkey

JOPLIN, Mo. – Elyjah Clark leaves Missouri Southern as the best three-point shooter in program history.

“A lot of it has to do with my teammates and coaches. Just putting the time in really,” says Clark.

And now Clark is going pro. He signed to play professional basketball in Turkey.

“For basketball to be my job, it’s definitely a dream. It’s something that’s I’ve prayed for,” adds Clark.

The Lions season was cut short. The NCAA National Tournament was canceled because of the coronavirus outbreak. Clark was just 5 three-pointers shy of tying the conference career record.

“That was the record, coming into the season, I wanted to break. And I knew I was five shy and I was going to go for the record, for sure,” Clark says.

“If everything were normal, he’d probably progress and that record would have been broken,” adds Missouri Southern men’s basketball assistant coach Paul McMahon.

The three-time All-MIAA selection left his mark at Southern. He holds program records in 3 different 3-point shooting catagories. Clark is tied for the single-game record (9, Elyjah Clark, vs. Pittsburg State, 2-3-18) and on top in single-season record ((17-18) 30 GP, 3.7 AVG., 110 3M) and overall-career record ((2016-20) 124 GP, 2.9 AVG., 365 3M)

“There were some things that I didn’t accomplish, but there were a lot of things that I did that I didn’t expect to accomplish, so I would say I had a successful career,” says Clark.

Since stepping on to the Missouri Southern campus, his goal was to make it to the professional level. And he aims to stay there.

“I’m not trying to just say I made it there. I want to play there for a very long time. So I know it’s going to be a lot of hard work.”

Clark will leave for turkey in October.