UCF Men's Basketball Top 40 - Mike Clark

GO KNIGHTS Mike Clark scored 2,085 points during his time in Orlando.
Mike Clark scored 2,085 points during his time in Orlando.

Feb. 19, 2009

ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFAthletics.com) - When the UCF basketball program began in 1969, the team did not have much. The squad had no home court, no NCAA affiliation and a tiny budget. The team did have Mike Clark.

The first great player in program history, the guard concluded his career with 2,085 points. While playing for his father Torchy, Clark averaged 22.1 points during his time in Orlando.

He connected on 674 field goals and 428 free throws. His 2,085 points, which rank second in school history behind younger brother Bo (2,866), came before the advent of the 3-point field goal.

During UCF's inaugural campaign, Clark averaged a team-high 24.4 points. As a sophomore in 1970-71, he averaged 27.6 points.

On two occasions, he totaled over 40 points in a game. Against Atlanta Baptist on Feb. 19, 1972, Clark poured in 43 points. As a sophomore, he scored 41 points at Maritime.

With Clark on the squad, UCF went 67-25. The program's first season came at the club level. Before Clark's sophomore campaign, the school moved to the NCAA Division II ranks.

Clark was inducted into the UCF Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001.

The current crop of Knights are scheduled to return to action Saturday at Houston. Next Wednesday, head coach Kirk Speraw's squad will host Rice at 7 p.m. at the UCF Arena.

For the latest news on the Knights, log on to UCFAthletics.com - the official site for UCF varsity sports. The site, which also contains ticket and Golden Knights Club donor information, is also the home of UCF's new online apparel store. Also visit UCFPhotos.com, the exclusive fan source for UCF action sports pictures.

The 2008-09 campaign marks the UCF men's basketball program's 40th season. To commemorate the anniversary, UCF is unveiling the top-40 players in school history. Members of the UCF athletics communications office worked with UCF basketball historian Bill Beekman to select the best players who finished their collegiate careers as Knights. One player from the list will be recognized each Thursday at UCFAthletics.com.



Calvin Lingelbach - June 5
Ray Abellard - June 12
D'Quarius Stewart - June 19
Victor Saxton - June 26
Roland Ebron - July 3
Brad Traina - July 10
D. Noel - July 17
Pat Crocklin - July 24
Ken Leeks - July 31
Dean Rossin - Aug. 7
Josh Bodden - Aug. 14
Isaac McKinnon - Aug. 21
Ochiel Swaby - Aug. 28
Jerry Prather - Sept. 4
Willy Belotte - Sept. 11
G. Johnson - Sept. 18
Mark Jones - Sept. 25
John Friday - Oct. 2
J. Peppers - Oct. 9
Chuck Roberts - Oct. 16
Dan Faison - Oct. 23
Cleveland Jackson - Oct. 30
Roberto Morentin - Nov. 6
Sinua Phillips - Nov. 13
James Walker - Nov. 20
Harry Kennedy - Nov. 27
Benny Shaw - Dec. 4
Mike Spivey - Dec. 11
M. O'Donnell - Dec. 18
Darryl Davis - Dec. 25
Ruben Cotton - Jan. 1
Jason Thornton - Jan. 8
Dexter Lyons - Jan. 15
Cory Perry - Jan. 29
Patrick Butts - Feb. 5
Paul Reed - Feb. 12
Ed Fluitt - Feb. 19