Peninsula's Clark inks with College of Idaho
Pennisula head coach Lance Von Vogt congratulates Mitrell Clark following his NLOI signing.
From Pirate to Coyote: Guard, Mitrell Clark signs with College of Idaho
Port Angeles, WA - After a tremendous Championship year with the Peninsula College Pirates, NWAACC MVP Mitrell Clark signs with College of Idaho.
Clark, who led the team in scoring (429 points, 16.5 ppg), three pointers made (65), and steals (2.0 spg). Mitrell also shot 81% from the free throw line, and finished with 85 total assists, demonstrating his unselfishness team first style of play. Pirate fans were never disappointed in Clark’s ability to quickly change the tempo of the game while displaying an incredible amount of showmanship and style.
Rod Jensen, Head Coach for the Coyotes, looks forward to having Mitrell show that passion and charisma on his floor stating, “We are truly excited that Mitrell has decided to continue his collegiate basketball career at The College of Idaho. My coaching staff and I believe that Mitrell is an impact player, not only for the Coyotes, but will be one of the premier players in the Cascade Collegiate Conference and the NAIA next season.”
After seeing what Mitrell could do on the big stage in the NWAACC Tournament Coach Jensen is confident about his chances in competing for his own championship next season, “With the addition of Mitrell to our returning players, I believe we now have the nucleus needed to make a run at a conference crown and a trip to the National Tournament.”
Mitrell’s commitment and excitement is not outmatched by Coach Jensen’s as Clark states, “It was a hard decision because after my team won the championship, I had a lot of options. The thing that was most important was my success on and off the court. I could have signed with a big college and not be as successful, but I made a mature decision.”
Clark received inquiries from over 50 schools on his availability to play for their program, but narrowed his list down to the College of Idaho after having several meaningful conversation with Coach Jensen on the phone.
Mitrell shared, “This means so much to me because not only do I get a chance to play ball, I have an opportunity to get a degree at a well-respected institution and continue my education. That’s what counts!”
Although Mitrell will be missed among the Pirate elite athletes, Coach Von Vogt expresses his pride for Mitrell’s decision. “I’m excited for Mitrell to start this next chapter of his college career. He did a tremendous job for us, and I am confident that he will do a tremendous job for Coach Jensen and the College of Idaho. He is prepared to be successful at the next level and that is one of the key constructs that our program is built on.”
Coach Jensen gave one final thought on the importance of landing such a highly sought after player at the most important position on the floor, “I was so excited last night, I couldn’t even sleep! We are truly blessed to have Mitrell joining our family. “