Former Belmont University men’s basketball standouts enjoyed fine seasons this past year, and look to build upon their promising professional careers.
Ian Clark (’13), who graduated as the program’s NCAA Division I era leader in points (1,920) and three-point field goals made (340), completed his second season in the NBA.
The Memphis, Tenn. native played 30 games this past season, 23 for the Utah Jazz and seven for the Denver Nuggets. Clark averaged 1.9 points per game on 36 percent three-point shooting. Clark was also recognized by the Jazz organization for outstanding community service.
Clark is scheduled to participate in NBA Summer League for the Denver Nuggets in July.
Kerron Johnson (’13), a two-time conference tournament Most Valuable Player and author of the game-tying and game-winning shots in the 2013 OVC Championship, completed his second season of professional basketball as well. After one season in the Australian NBL for the New Zealand Breakers, Johnson came into his own this season for MHP Riesen Ludwigsburg of the German Bundesliga.
The Huntsville, Ala. native shot over 50 percent from the field and averaged 14.2 points, 3.8 assists, and 2.7 rebounds per game. Johnson scored 38 points in his German debut, and was named to the 2015 Beko BBL All-Star Game.
Earlier this week, Johnson told BelmontBruins.com that he was headed to Indianapolis to take part in Indiana Pacers’ mini-camp June 13-18.
J.J. Mann (’14), another conference player of the year for the Bruins, finished off his first season of professional basketball. After an early transfer from Poland, Mann shined for Redwell Oberwart Gunners of the top professional league in Austria.
The Smyrna, Ga. native averaged 13.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, and a league-leading 2.0 steals per game on 41 percent three-point shooting.
Mann, who is engaged to marry former Belmont women’s soccer standout Amy Jo Anderson (’14) next month, told BelmontBruins.com earlier this week that he is weighing his options for next season, but that Belgium could be top billing among several European suitors.
Alex Renfroe (’09), Belmont’s second of four NCAA Division I era All-America selections, just completed his sixth season of professional basketball.
Renfroe was among the top players in the German Bundesliga, playing for respected organization Alba Berlin. As you may remember, Renfroe’s year got off to a flying start, as he and Alba Berlin stunned the reigning NBA Champion San Antonio Spurs in an exhibition game.
From there, the Hermitage, Tenn. provided his consistent production in all facets, averaging 10.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game in BBL play. Alba Berlin had its championship run halted in overtime of the final game. Renfroe also averaged 9.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game in EuroLeague action.
And earlier this week, Renfroe received a prestigious invitation to play for Bosnia and Herzegovina in the upcoming 2015 EuroBasket Tournament – one of the top basketball tournaments in the world.
Renfroe will join forces with Bosnia and Herzegovina nationals and current NBA players Mirza Teletovic (Brooklyn Nets) and Jusuf Nurkic (Denver Nuggets).
Finally, as featured in Sporting News this week, former Bruin point guard Drew Hanlen (’12) continues to shine in his NBA Strategic Skills and Consulting business. Among his clients is NBA Finalist David Lee of the Golden State Warriors.