Republished from the Jefferson City News Tribune
COLUMBIA, Mo. — Wes Clark is no longer a member of Missouri men’s basketball team after failing to meet academic expectations, the team announced in a release Tuesday evening.
Clark, a junior, is one of three upperclassmen on the team and the team’s lone guard to have played for the team more than two years.
Clark was the team’s second-leading scorer, averaging 9.8 points per game this year. He averaged 10.1 last year and was the team’s leading returning scorer.
Clark, a Detroit native, finishes his Missouri career with an average of 7.6 points and 2.6 assists per game. He had scored 12 combined points in his last three games, taking just one shot in the most recent one, Saturday against Tennessee. The game before, against Vanderbilt, Clark failed to score during a game in which he played for the first time in two seasons.
Clark’s missed the final eight games of his sophomore season due to a dislocated elbow. He was suspended one game earlier in the season for an undisclosed violation of team rules. He was suspended the final two games of his freshman season after being arrested on suspicion of marijuana possession.
Clark and senior Ryan Rosburg were the only members of this year’s team to have played for Frank Haith, who coached Missouri before Kim Anderson took over in 2014.
Clark is the eighth Missouri player under Anderson to leave the team without exhausting his eligibility. Johnathan Williams III, Montaque Gill-Caesar and Deuce Bello transferred after Anderson’s first season, and Shane Rector transferred before the season. Torren Jones and Cameron Beiedscheid were dismissed before the season as well, and transfer Martavian Payne stepped away from the team to focus on academics before Anderson’s second season.
“(Clark) is no longer a member of the men’s basketball program. Due to this issue relating to academics, Mizzou athletics will have no further comment,” the release said.
Clark tweeted “Never dismissed FYI,” 20 minutes after the release.
Tuesday evening, Clark was still listed in the university’s online directory.