Apr 13, 2016
CARROLLTON, Georgia -- West Georgia Tech women's basketball sophomore forward Sydnee Clark will continue her playing career at Talladega College.
Clark signed a letter of intent to play for the NAIA school located in Talladega, Ala. on Tuesday.
The Canton, Ga. native joins a Talladega College program that went 23-5 last year and was ranked as high as No. 15 in the nation before finishing the season ranked No. 21.
The Lady Tornados won the Gulf South Athletic Conference (GSAC) with an 11-1 conference record.
"It's a great day at West Georgia Tech when one of our student-athletes signs with a four-year institution," said West Georgia Technical College President Steve G. Daniel. "It shows that hard work on the court and in the classroom can and will lead to great things. It truly is a team effort, from her head coach, Kenny Edwards, his coaching staff, Sydnee's teammates, her instructors at West Georgia Tech and her family. But ultimately, Sydnee Clark worked hard and earned the opportunities that have been presented. We wish Sydnee the best of luck in her playing career at Talladega College and in her future endeavors."
Clark will play for the highly successful Kevin Herod, who is currently 41-18 at the helm of the Talladega College program.
Herod's preferred style of play is very similar to the one utilized by West Georgia Tech head coach Kenny Edwards -- fast and aggressive. Clark, an agile post player that can also score from the outside, is expected to transition to Talladega as an inside-outside player, according to Herod.
"Sydnee will adjust well with our system because of the fact that she played up-tempo at West Georgia Tech," Herod said. "It's one of the things that attracted us to her. Transfer players have to be impact players because you only get them for two years. I'm confident that Sydnee will jump right in and play a big role for us."
Clark was part of a five-member sophomore class which help lead West Georgia Tech to the best season in school history, with a 26-7 record, a Region 17 Championship, the District G title and a spot in the NJCAA Tournament Final Four.
Clark was second on the team in scoring, with 8.7 points per game. Like the rest of West Georgia Tech's 15-player roster, she averaged under 20 minutes per contest in a system that utilized a bevy of players in limited minutes so that West Georgia Tech could run up-tempo the entire game.
When you factor in her average per 40 minutes, it comes out to 23.5 points per game. Clark shot 40.5 percent from the field and took 37 attempts from three-point range, connecting on 11. She started in 31 of WGTC's 33 games as a sophomore.
Clark averaged 6.7 points and 6.7 rebounds as a freshman.
"I'm obviously very proud of Sydnee and I'm excited for her as she begins this next phase of her life," WGTC head coach Kenny Edwards said. "Talladega College is a great place with a winning tradition and she'll be playing for an outstanding coach in Kevin Herod. Without Sydnee Clark there would have been no fourth-place finish or 26-win season. She is a great leader that leads by example. I look forward to watching her play on the next level."
Clark was selected to the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association (GCAA) All-Region First Team as a sophomore and was named GCAA Player of the Week in January.
"It's a blessing to have the opportunity to further both my academic and athletic careers at Talladega College," Clark said. "I owe it all to West Georgia Technical College and coach Edwards. Coach Edwards took me to places that I didn't even know that I was capable of going. I'm going to miss WGTC and I'm really going to miss my coaches and my teammates. But like they say, everything runs its course. I'm looking forward to this next chapter."
Clark plans to pursue a degree in accounting.
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