JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. – Carson-Newman junior guard Charles Clark (Murfreesboro, Tenn.) has been named preseason honorable mention All-America by Division II Bulletin.
A first team All-SAC pick, first team NABC All-Region selection, and first team D2CCA All-Southeast Region choice as a sophomore, Clark was second in the league in scoring with 21.6 points per game.
He actually led the league in total points scored with 626 and was second in steals with 57. His 626 points are the most any Eagle has scored in a single season since Carson-Newman joined the SAC in hoops in 1989-90 and ranks just outside the top 10 for the league's all-time single season scoring list.
Along the way, Clark dropped 30 on four teams last year, including a career best 39 in the Eagles' 102-88 win at Mars Hill. That day, Clark went 14-of-20 from the field and matched his career high with five steals. Clark has more 30-point games (six) in his first two seasons at Mossy Creek than the program's fourth all-time leading scorer, Ish Sanders, had in his entire career (five).
The junior scored in double digits in every game of the 2015-16 season and has been on the plus side of 10 points in 36 consecutive games dating back to his freshman season.
The Murfreesboro, Tenn.-native connected on 50.1 percent of his shots and 39.8 percent of his threes. However, where he was most remarkable was the charity stripe. Clark went 180-for-201 from the line to finish the year with an 89.6 percent mark at the free-throw line.
Clark's 180 made freebies were good for sixth all-time on the single season SAC record list, while his 89.6 percentage from the line is 10th all-time in league history and second all-time in school history. Only Ish Sanders (2013-14) was better in the Eagles' annals, connecting on 91.2 percent of his foul shots in his senior year.
Clark represented the only underclassman to make the All-SAC first team last year. He was the only sophomore on either the first or second team D2CCA all-region squad with the same being true for the NABC All-Region team.
Clark, LMU's Luquon Choice and Brevard's Demarcus Threatt are the South Atlantic Conference's only representative's on the preseason All-America team.