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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Avtodor Signed Coty Clarke!

Avtodor has signed a one-year deal with the 24-year old American forward Coty CLARKE (201 cm, 107 kg) who used to play in NBA for Boston Celtics and in Euroleague for UNICS Kazan. He will wear number 4 on his uniform.


Clarke was the best rebounder (6.1 rebounds per game) and the best three-point shooter (49.2% from the arc) of UNICS in the VTB United League last season.

The upcoming season is going to be the fourth for the Arkanzas alumnus as a professional player. In the 2015–2016 season, Clarke spent 46 games for Maine Red Claws in the NBA D-League where his brilliant performance (16.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.1 steal for 26.2 minutes played) allowed him to be named in the All-NBA D-League Second Team as well as to make the NBA debut for Boston Celtics on 15th March 2016. Coty scored 3 points playing 3 minutes on the court in the losing game against Indiana Pacers. However, he was not able to fix himself as an NBA player and signed with UNICS Kazan in July 2016.

The American forward has started the previous season as one of the key players of UNICS Kazan in Euroleague (13.5 points and 7.5 rebounds) and the VTB United League (15.5 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.8 steals). But Coty’s knee was seriously injured on 20th October with 20 seconds to go in the Euroleague game against Brose Bamberg. Avtodor newcomer underwent a knee surgery and appeared on the court only at the beginning of January starting to get himself in shape. Clarke recorded 9.4 points (49.2% three-pointers), 6.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 steals for 22.3 minutes in 19 VTB United League games for UNICS. He also spent 12 Euroleague games where his average statistics were 6.1 points (38.1% three-pointers), 4.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists for 21.2 minutes played.

After UNICS has finished the season, the American forward moved to Puerto Rico. Now he is playing for Capitanes de Arecibo. In 7 BSN games Clarke had a very impressive stats of 19.0 points (45.9% three-pointers), 8.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.9 blocked shots for 33.1 minutes played. His 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists in the recent game allowed him to receive the BSN Player of the Week 31 Award.



Coty CLARKE
Avtodor forward:

“Thankful to be in Avtodor and coming to the organization and the coach that really want me and know my full potential. I am blessed to be in this opportunity.”

Andrea MAZZON
Avtodor head coach:

“I would like to thank Mr. Rodionov for the huge effort and determination to sign Coty. Clarke is a player with big potential, I coached against him in D-league many times and he was really good before the injury also this season. Clarke represents the new era of the game because he can play easily 3 positions. I am sure Coty will do his best to help the club and more important to understand really fast the responsibility to wear Avtodor uniform. Welcome in Saratov, Coty!”





REFERENCE:
CLARKE Coty
Date of birth: 4th July 1992.
Height: 201 cm.
Weight: 107 kg.
Position: Forward.
Place of birth: Antioch, Tennessee.
Nationality: USA.

SPORTS CAREER:
Teams:
2010–2012 – Lawsan State University (NCAA)
2012–2014 – Arkanzas University (NCAA)
2014–2015 – Hapoel Kazrin (Israel)
2015–2016 – Maine Red Claws (NBA D-League)
2016 – Boston Celtics (NBA)
2016 – Capitanes de Arecibo (Puerto Rico)
2016–2017 – UNICS Kazan (Russia)
2017 – Capitanes de Arecibo (Puerto Rico)

Statistics in the 2016–2017 Puerto Rico BSN (avg. per game): 7 games, 19.0 points (45.9% three-pointers), 8.7 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.9 blocked shots for 33.1 minutes played.

Statistics in the 2016–2017 VTB United League (avg. per game): 19 games, 9.4 points (49.2% three-pointers), 6.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.1 steals for 22.3 minutes played.

Statistics in the 2016–2017 Euroleague (avg. per game): 12 games, 6.1 points (38.1% three-pointers), 4.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists for 21.2 minutes played.

Personal achievements:
2016 – Second All-NBA D-League Second Team.
2016 – Puerto Rico BSN champion.

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