2020 Penn commit Clark Slajchert is a 6-0′ 150 lbs, point guard that can score in bunches. He plays for Oak Park high school in Oak Park, California. I talked with him about his commitment and what he brings to the Penn Quakers.
LJ: What impressed you the most about Penn?
Clark: When I took my official, I was really impressed with the Basketball culture. It’s rare for a high academic school like Penn to have a high major, winning culture; the facilities are next level and there’s a real sense of urgency when it comes to being a successful program. They play a high major schedule and expect to win at the highest level; it was something I instantly wanted to be a part of.
LJ: How long were they recruiting you? What coach was recruiting you from Penn?
Clark: I’ve been in touch with all the assistants since the start of my junior year and I started to get on the phone with Coach Donahue later in the year when AAU started.
LJ: What do you think fits you the most about Penn basketball play on the court?
Clark: I think I fit in great with the way they use their guards. Coach Donahue likes to get his guards in space to make a play, they get a lot of chances to knock down shots and play off their bigs. The way they’ve been using AJ Brodeur has been cool to watch, the guards cut off him and he’s a really good passer. I think I can always make something good happen coming off a ball screen too and I’m looking forward to building some chemistry with the bigs.
LJ: Tell me what it’s like living in Oak Park?
Clark: I love Oak Park. Living in Southern California my whole life, it’s been great to be in a suburb pretty close to a big city like LA. I’ve grown up here with my three older brothers, pretty much playing Basketball all day, and the weather is undefeated. Adjusting to the East Coast weather next year will be interesting, but I’m looking forward to it for sure, Philadelphia is a really cool city.
LJ: what was Penn impressed with about your skill et?
Clark: I think the coaches were impressed with my ability to put the ball in the basket while also making sure I always made the right play. They liked that I can knock down any shot and get to any spot I needed to on the court.
LJ: What do you look to show Penn fans this season playing for Oak Park?
Clark: Last year, I was asked to carry the load scoring-wise. We have a few more offensive weapons this year so I’m looking to show Penn fans, along with my ability to score, that I can lead a team and become a great passer as well. I also want to show them that my quickness and grit will benefit the team on both sides of the ball. I’ll do whatever it takes to win Basketball games.
LJ: What were your stats last season?
Clark: 30.5 ppg, 3.5 apg, 5.1 RPG, 50 FG%, 45 3P%, 86 FT%