GALLATIN - Gallatin basketball standout Larodre Clark signed his letter of intent on Monday to continue his education and basketball career at Martin Methodist College.
Clark, the Main Street Preps Sumner County Player of the Year, will compete at the NAIA level after spending four years under head coach Bobby Luna and the Green Wave basketball program.
“After the season, I approached coach Luna and asked him to get me in front of some coaches,” Clark said. “I had a tryout at Martin Methodist and it went really well. They told me they liked what they saw and offered me. I can’t thank coach Luna enough. I have a lot of respect for him, he is a great guy on and off the court and I just really appreciate all he has done for me.”
Luna has seen Clark grow from freshman year to senior year and says while this past year was the most unique he has experience during his 30-year coaching career, there was no one better to get the job done than Clark.
“Every day was a new experience,” he said. “I don’t recall in my 30 years having a year like this past one where not only was he the only senior but he was the only player that had any varsity experience.
“What he provided was exceptional and I really believe he was the perfect person for it. Emotionally he is so even keel which allowed him to fit the mold really well. Larodre has worked hard to get here. As a senior Larodre showed these guys how to be successful.”
Clark will not be alone at college as he will join former teammates Octavion Arnold and Parish Cloud.
“Having those guys with me will be a big bonus,” he said. “I’m going to room with Parish so having guys I’ve been with the last four years is really going to help my transition to college.”
Clark will move in Aug. 17 and will study physical education in hopes to become a coach one day.