Tristan Clark Leaves Retirement and Enters Transfer Portal

Tristan Clark
Photo credit: Ernesto Garcia-Waco Tribune-Herald

Former Baylor Men’s Basketball F Tristan Clark medically retired from basketball last November (read about it here), but yesterday he announced he’s leaving retirement and entering the transfer portal to give basketball another shot. Tristan tweeted “Baylor Family, I just want to say how thankful I am for the way you’ve supported me over the last 4 years. From the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, you all have been there for me and I’m forever grateful. I’ll be graduating in July and have decided to give basketball another shot. I’ll be entering the transfer portal as a grad transfer and hope to find a new team that will treat me as well as I’ve been treated by all of you ever since I stepped on campus in 2017. I thank God for the last 4 years and pray He will help me on this journey and guide my next steps. To Coach Drew and the entire Baylor coaching staff and administration, I can’t thank you enough for always being there for me. I’ll never forget being there when this team won the National Championship. To my Baylor teammates, thank you for always pushing me. You’re my brothers for life. Thank you to everyone who has helped me earn my Baylor degree. I can’t wait to see what’s next.” Clark injured his knee in his sophomore year during the Bears’ game against Iowa State in 2019, and his potential and production on the court tumbled after his recovery. During his freshman year, Clark played in 33 games and started in 30 as he made 93 of 153 field goal attempts, 2 of 7 3 pointers, 148 rebounds, 25 assists, and 29 blocks for 224 total points. He played in and started all 14 games prior to his injury and made 84 of 114 field goal attempts, 1 of 4 3 pointers, 88 rebounds, 23 assists, and 34 blocks for 205 points. Although Clark tried to come back from his injury in the same capacity, he wasn’t as productive as he was during his fantastic 2018-19 sophomore year. He played in 22 games and started 6, made 38 of 80 field goal attempts, 0 of 2 3 pointers, 53 rebounds, 11 assists, and 10 blocks for 87 points. In short, he nailed 14.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and 1.1 steals per contest, and shot 73.7% from the field.