Justin Clark, the William Chrisman High School all-state guard, has committed to attend Illinois State University.

Justin Clark, the William Chrisman High School all-state guard, has committed to attend Illinois State University.
His announcement came just two days after Bears teammate Jon Ekey announced he would attend the Division I school located in Normal, Ill.
“I went to Illinois State and loved it,” said Clark, a member of The Examiner’s 2007-08 All-Area boys basketball team. “I really like the campus, the school offers the type of academic programs I’m interested in, Coach (Tim) Jankovich was great – it just seemed like the perfect fit.
“But I went home and slept on it a couple of days. Then, two days later, when I was still as excited as I was when I was on campus, I called coach and committed.”
Chrisman coach John Vickers is thrilled that two of his Bear standouts are going to be Redbirds, who finished 25-10 last season and reached the second round of the National Invitation Tournament.
“B.J. Surry went to junior college, then signed D-I with Jacksonville University in Jacksonville, Fla.,” Vickers said at a voluntary team shoot-around, “but these are the first two guys I’ve had go D-I right out of high school. I think I’m as excited as they are.”
Clark, one of the top 3-point shooters in the history of the state, is zeroing in on the all-time Missouri 3-point record. He averaged 25.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game his junior season and was a second-team all-state pick. But he’s not thinking about individual success.
“Right now, all my focus is on making this a great season for the William Chrisman basketball team,” Clark said. “We’re excited about this season, and our goal is going to state. Jon and I have played together here at Chrisman and we are excited about being teammates in college, but there is a lot of unfinished business in high school before we start thinking about college ball.”
Clark and Ekey also starred on the AAU Kansas City Pump ’n’ Run squad that won two national tournament titles this past summer.