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Get to Know: Ian Clark

December 4, 2013
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From David Locke’s “Get to Know” series with Jazz players.


First team ever played on: Church league, age 10.

First buzzer beater: Senior year of college against Jacksonville State.

First dunk: Sophomore year of high school.

First pair of basketball shoes: 7 years old, Jordans.

First time you ever saw yourself on TV: Freshman year of high school.

First nickname: Lil I (pronounced “E”).

First car ever driven: Toyota Camry.

First CD: Can’t remember.

First video game ever played: Super Mario.

First day off in Utah: Hiking at Zions Peak.

Other players’ jerseys owned: First one was Kobe Bryant.

First autograph: Penny Hardaway.

First big purchase: Car.

First time you ever got in trouble as a kid: Seventh grade after a bad day in school; grounded for a weekend.

First pet: Black lab named BJ.

First kiss: Fourth grade.

Best game ever played: Junior year at Belmont. 28 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists.

Worst game ever played: At Tennessee State; 0-7 from downtown.

Best place ever traveled to: Lake Como, Italy.

Best athlete ever: Michael Jordan.

Best meal ever: Halibut in Alaska.

Hardest workout ever: Training camp.

Maddest you’ve ever been: Can’t recall.

Most famous person ever met: Maya Angelou.

Earliest you ever woke up to work out: 5 a.m.

Latest you’ve ever studied for a test: 3 a.m.

Best movie ever: Fast and Furious 6.

Best TV show ever: The Walking Dead.

Dinner with three people, dead or alive: Kobe Bryant, Kevin Hart and [cut off].

What’s your mom like? Godly, loving, energetic, happy. Was she the lover?* She’s the lover. Lover by far.

* This question about whether mom was a/the lover needs to go.

You knew you were in trouble when… When she calls me by my whole name, Ian Patrick Clark.

You made your mom most happy when… It feels like all the time. That’s how she acts.

Good day in the house when… When my mom comes home and cooks.

Inspiration/mentor: Middle school coach Paul Edwards and AAU coach Javonte Holmes.

Last sport played besides basketball: Golf.

Last vacation: Atlanta.

Last item bought: Shoes.

Last music downloaded: Drake.

Last bad grade: C- in international business.

Last good grade: A in marketing.

Last time you were scared: Nervous — first Summer League game.

Last time you were incredibly happy: When I signed with the Jazz.

Last time you cried: When I signed with the Jazz.

Last book you read: Phil Jackson book.

Reason for jersey number: Worn No. 21 since high school.

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