The Atlanta Hawks should definitely consider Gonzaga’s forward Brandon Clarke. Clarke is 6’8 215 pounds with a very good athletic ability and outstanding instincts. He is an elite defensive prospect and is also good offensively. Last season for Gonzaga, Clarke shot 68.7 percent from the floor, averaged 16.9 points per game, and also averaged 28.1 minutes per game. However, he did not shoot the three ball well last season, as he shot 26.7 percent from three. He did average 3.1 blocks and 1.2 steals. Among power forwards in this draft, Clarke ranks second behind Duke’s Zion Williamson.
As stated previously, Clarke is a very good defensive prospect in this draft. Clarke’s blocking ability is a big plus and how active he is on both offensive and defensive rebounding would be a great benefit for the Hawks. Based off of his shooting percentage, he is a true shooter. He has good quickness for a man of his size and he is very good timing. No matter who Clarke is up against, he gets the job done. He was able to show that in the NCAA tournament especially against Baylor where he had 5 blocks and also had 36 points. Clarke gets it done on both the offensive and defensive side.
The only two things to be concerned with Clarke is that he doesn’t have a big wingspan and does not shoot the three ball that well. As stated earlier he didn’t shoot the three ball well last season for Gonzaga. He also struggled some shooting the three during his time at San Jose State. He also struggles some at the free throw line, as he did shoot 69.4 percent from the line. However, career wise he only shot 61.8 percent from the line. As for his wingspan, it does give him a disadvantage in some cases. However, he makes up for it by being able to use size and versatility.
Clarke is projected to be a mid to late first round pick. If he is available at number 10 for the Hawks, it would definitely be worth it for the Hawks to take him. He would make an immediate impact because he is a guy that can play right away. He would work well with Collins and gives the Hawks some more options at forward.
By: Stewart Zwald @SDZwald041599