Posts Tagged ‘Dustin Clarke’

Hawks’ present, future, takes hits with the loss of two players

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Hartford’s four-man 2013 recruiting class has shrunk to two, as center Yasin Kolo, a sophomore transfer, and freshman wing Preston Anderson have both been removed from the Hawk’s roster and have left the team.

Kolo, a 6’10” 245-pounder transferred in to Hartford from Eastern Carolina this summer and received an NCAA waiver to play immediately. After seeing limited minutes in the Hawks first two games of the season, he enjoyed a breakout performance in the Hawk’s 63-53 win over Fairfield on Nov. 13, exploding for a career-high 20 points in 31 minutes, hitting 6-of-8 shots and 3-of-4 from behind the arc.

A native of Germany, Kolo cracked double-figures in scoring and played double-digit minutes in each of the next two games and seemed to be the perfect compliment to play besides bruising and bouncy star power forward Mark Nwakamma. However, Kolo’s playing time tailed off, as he was relegated to five and nine minutes in losses to Hofstra and Holy Cross, respectively, before being suspended indefinitely for what head coach John Gallagher described as “a pattern of behavior,” and not an isolated incident. (more…)

Departing Hawks: Baker, Clarke leave Hartford

Monday, March 26th, 2012

(West Hartford, Conn.) — Forward Ryan Baker and wing Dustin Clarke will not be returning to the University of Hartford next season, according to Hawks head coach John Gallagher.

“They are both phenomenal young men and we wish them all the best. They are great kids and there is zero animosity,” said Gallagher.

Baker, a 6’5” junior, was recruited by former head coach Dan Leibovitz. In 69 career games over three seasons in a Hawks uniform, Baker averaged 1.9 points in 7.6 minutes per game.

Despite solid athleticism, Baker was buried on the Hawks depth-chart for the entire season and was on the outside looking in on the Hawks rotation moving forward. According to Gallagher, the native of Cypress, Texas, is graduating early and will be enrolling in a graduate school close to home.

Clarke, a 6’3” freshman, saw action in only 10 games, averaging just 3.4 minutes, and did not score a single point, but was arguably the most athletic player in the program. Despite his lack of playing time, the coaching staff – at least for a time – viewed Clarke as the Harford freshman with the highest ceiling; high praise considering the Hawks seven-man freshman class included All-Rookie selections Mark Nwakamma and Nate Sikma, as well as starting guard Yolonzo Moore,

At 175 pounds (and that listing might be a bit generous), Clarke needed to develop significant strength and was no where near ready to compete at the division I level and seemed like the ideal candidate for a red-shirt — which was the original plan of the coaching staff (he did not play in the first 10 games of the season). However, according to several sources, Clarke did not agree with that plan. (more…)