Christine Clark announces Arizona Elite girl’s basketball tryouts


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Christine Clark (at right) was on hand at a recent tournament at the Sporting Chance to evaluate young talent (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

Christine Clark (at right) was on hand at a recent tournament at the Sporting Chance to evaluate young talent (Andy Morales/AllSportsTucson.com)

August 8: Pima Community College

4-6 Grade: 3-4:30 p.m.
7-8 Grade: 4:30- 6 p.m.

August 9: Sporting Chance

4-6 Grade: 3-4:30 p.m.
7-8 Grade: 4:30- 6 p.m.

REGISTER HERE

For “Location” choose Tucson Juniors Division Only

Former Tucson High standout Christine Clark is bringing Arizona Elite to Tucson. An alumni of the Phoenix-based club, Clark credits the program for her success beyond high school.

“I was pretty successful in Tucson but by the end of my junior year I had no college offers,” Clark explained. “We decided to make the sacrifice and joined Arizona Elite. I received 25 Division I offers and I was able to narrow my choice down to Kansas State, DePaul and Harvard.

“I chose Harvard because I felt it offered me the chance for academics and to play,” Clark added. “Who knows where I would be today had I not joined Arizona Elite?”

Clark went on to a legendary career at Harvard with multiple academic and Ivy League honors for accomplishments on the court. She is now a professional basketball player in Italy with an eye to playing in the WNBA.

The first and oldest club in Arizona (1996), Arizona Elite boasts over 150 college scholarships, five Olympians and four WNBA players. Local talent such as Salpointe’s Sybil Dosty (Tennessee then ASU), Marana’s Jamee Swan (Colorado) and Clark made the sacrifice to travel to Phoenix.

Through her connections, Clark was able to convince Arizona Elite to begin a development team in the Tucson area with the goal of sending the top players to Phoenix when the time comes although the success may eventually require an upper-age group team in Tucson if necessary.

“What the Tucson teams have done is phenomenal,” Clark said. “We are opening up our tryouts from fourth grade to eighth to see the talent that comes out and then decide which age group will have the most success.”

Former Pima coach Mike Lopez will be the head coach of the Tucson affiliate. Lopez is still Clark’s personal skill coach.

“I think he’s still the top developmental coach in Tucson and one of the best in the state,” Clark added. “I have benefited from him and I know the girls will too.”

Prospective players need to register online at the link above and take note of the times at locations for the tryouts. August 8 is at Pima and August 9 is at Sporting Chance.

In addition, the Christine Clark Skills Academy Fall Basketball League begins August 29.

With the early dream of becoming a doctor still on the table, Clark would like to play as long as she can, especially in the WNBA, and coach at a major D-I program.

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014 and has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here, on AZPreps365.com and on the pages of the Vail Voice and the Tanque Verde Voice. Contact Andy Morales at AMoralesMyTucson@yahoo.com



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