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Gillette College signs first Canadian

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Posted: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 11:02 am, Tue Nov 5, 2013.

The Gillette College men's basketball team will suit up the first Canadian in program history when the 2013-14 season begins.

Pronghorn's coach Shawn Neary found a gem north of the border in Alma Academy's Steven Clark, a 6-foot-8, 235-pound power forward from Montreal.

"He's more of a power forward, but in our league he'll be able to guard guys bigger than him," Neary said. "He's comfortable inside and around the rim. He should bolster our front line with Jayden Walsh coming back."

Clark is one of the top forwards to come out of Canada this year. He averaged 12 points and eight rebounds a game for powerhouse Alma Academy.

The team finished with a 48-5 record, only losing one game in 2013. Alma Academy was crowned champion of the NPSAA and the Canada Prep Championship with only two losses to Canadian competition this season. Clark is a nominee for the 2013 All Canada Classic edition in Toronto.

"Steven is a good athlete with tremendous work ethic. His ability to score and rebound makes him a good addition for the program," Neary said.

"At 6-8 and 235 pounds, he is one of the most highly recruited forwards in the nation. He's played at a high level and comes here with the idea of playing NCAA Division I one day."

Neary and the Pronghorns still have two more spots to fill in the recruiting process.

The team will not return four players from last year's roster. Mitch Clark, a 6-2 point guard from Melbourne, has returned home and will play in Australia next season.

Eric Wise, a 6-6 forward from Detroit, Darius Scott, a 6-6 forward from Atlanta, and 6-3 guard Travontis Richardson of Saginaw, Mich., will not be back.

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