Tristan Clark Medically Retires from Basketball

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

The 2020-21 Baylor men’s basketball team suffered a huge loss today (in direct opposition to what they have been experiencing) as senior F Tristan Clark medically retired from basketball. Clark shared a lengthy message on Twitter, which read ““Baylor Family, I have some tough news to share. Despite countless hours of hard work attempting to get my knee back to where it was before my injury in January 2019, it has become clear that it’s just not going to happen. I’ve made the difficult decision to retire from basketball and focus on my next steps in life. I am committed to finishing my Baylor degree and hope to use my experiences to help future athletes through sports psychology. I’m forever grateful to my family and all of the coaches and trainers who supported me unconditionally throughout my basketball career. I couldn’t have made it this far without all of you. To my Baylor teammates, I consider you all brothers for life, and while it will be hard to not be out there with you this season, I’ll be your biggest supporter as you chase that title. Thank you to everyone who has been there for me through this difficult time. Better days are ahead. -25” 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. Unfortunately despite his best efforts, Clark never fully recovered from his hurt knee and the medical retirement came swiftly. He will be a fantastic medical professional after college is over and I’m sure all of Baylor Nation wishes Tristan the best!