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Donte Clark transferring from UMass basketball to Coastal Carolina

  • UMass’ Donte Clark goes in for a shot against Kennesaw State during a men's basketball game Dec. 17, 2016 at the Mullins Center in Amherst.



@MattVautourDHG
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Donte Clark’s UMass career is over.

In April, Clark announced he was entering the NBA draft without an agent, leaving his options open. If he withdrew, he wasn’t ruling out returning to UMass, but said he might explore becoming a graduate transfer.

On Wednesday, Clark confirmed that he’ll transfer to Coastal Carolina, where he’ll be considerably closer to his Charlotte, North Carolina, roots. He’s the seventh player to officially transfer since coach Derek Kellogg was fired.

This past season, Clark’s 12.6 points per game led UMass, but he struggled down the stretch. After scoring 30 and 24 points in back-to-back games in early February, he reached double figures in just one of the Minutemen’s last eight games.

He finished with 1,238 career points, No. 22 on UMass’ career list.

Coastal Carolina (20-19, 10-8) finished sixth in the Sun Belt in 2016-17. Because Clark has completed his degree, he’ll be eligible to play immediately without sitting out.

Clark’s departure leaves C.J. Anderson as the program’s only rising senior as Zach Lewis (Iona), Zach Coleman (Long Island) and Seth Berger (Oregon State) have all transferred. Freshmen Dejon Jarreau, Brison Gresham and Ty Flowers have also left the program. The departing players accounted for 1,344 points, 57 percent of UMass’ scoring in the 2016-17 season.

New coach Matt McCall has added four transfers and one high school recruit. If nobody else transfers, he has two scholarships left to offer.

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