Freshman guard Stevie Clark has worn out his welcome with the Oklahoma State basketball team. Coach Travis Ford dismissed Clark from the squad after his second arrest of the season.
John Helsley of NewsOK.com reported news of the player's removal from the team on Monday, Feb. 3:
The troubled freshman has been dismissed by Cowboys coach Travis Ford, on the heels of an early Sunday morning arrest – his third disciplinary issue since joining the program – according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Sunday’s arrest apparently became the final straw for Ford, who had twice previously suspended the former Douglass High School standout.
Kelly Hines of the Tulsa World provided some disturbing details about the latest arrest:
More info from Stillwater PD: Officer saw Stevie Clark urinating out a moving vehicle driven by another person and stopped the car. #okstate— Kelly Hines (@KellyHinesTW) February 3, 2014
The arrest occurred about 12:30 a.m. Sunday in the 1400 block of West Ninth Avenue in Stillwater.— Kelly Hines (@KellyHinesTW) February 3, 2014
According to Hines, police previously arrested Clark on Jan. 1 for marijuana possession after pulling him over for a seat-belt violation. Ford suspended him for one game following this incident, bringing his total to five missed games due to suspension during the year.
Apparently, this latest offense merited his removal from the team. Head coach Travis Ford had this to say about the situation, via Nicole Auerbach of USA Today:
Travis Ford: We care about Stevie and wish nothing but the best for him. We want him to find success in his future, where ever that may be."— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) February 3, 2014
Clark was a big recruiting prize for the Cowboys as a highly touted local product. According to 247Sports' composite rankings, he was the top player in the state of Oklahoma, the 14th-best point guard and the No. 73 overall player in the country in the 2013 class.
When on the court, the 5'11" player was a great offensive boost off the bench, averaging 5.3 points and 2.7 assists in 16 minutes per game. He scored in double figures twice this season, including 10 points in a narrow win over West Virginia on Jan. 25. Additionally, his outside shooting was a big help with a 40.9 percent mark from behind the arc.
However, Oklahoma State will now have to move on without the talented freshman. As Hines notes, this leaves the squad extremely light on depth:
Without Clark, the Cowboys are down to six players who contribute more than seven minutes a game. #okstate— Kelly Hines (@KellyHinesTW) February 3, 2014
The Cowboys have lost three of their last four games after a 15-2 start to the season. The squad dropped 11 spots in the latest AP Poll, plummeting to No. 19.
Clark's removal will make it even tougher for Ford's squad to turn things around.
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