By Tom Ballato
Marvin Clark II arrived in Queens in 2016 after transferring from Michigan St. He played two seasons under coach Tom Izzo. At Michigan St., Clark II played in 69 games, where he started only 8. After sitting out the 2016-2017 season as per NCAA rules, Clark II started all 33 games for the St. John’s Red Storm in 2017-2018. He shot over 50% from the field and 41% from behind the arch in his first full season at St. John’s. Now he is preparing for his final collegiate season.
Here was our conversation with Marvin:
You played two years at Michigan St. before transferring to St. Johns. How was your time at MSU under Hall of Fame coach Tom Izzo?
MC: My time at Michigan State University is a time that I’ll never forget. I made some of my most cherished friendships and memories there. I also learned a lot under Coach Izzo, life lessons that I’ll never forget. He definitely helped me become a better young man and player.
Coach Mullin and assistant coach Matt Abdelmassih have brought in recruits, but many are transfers. How does Coach Mullin get you all to buy into his system?
MC: Coach Mullin doesn’t really have a system; we play off the strengths of our personnel. We play simple unselfish basketball, make the right and easy play/read, and as a result of that, we are a hard team to guard because everyone on the court is a threat.
Last year, your junior season, you started and got to showcase your game. Tell us how you think your year went?
MC: Last season was my best season individually from a production standpoint. I was able to legitimately grow and learn from the mistakes I made on the floor. Along with seeing what I’m capable of and what I need to get better at and gaining confidence from that. Last year was a great year for me mentally.
Last year, you guys upset #4 Duke and #1 Villanova within a week of each other, and that kind of sparked a turnaround in your season. Describe those wins.
MC: Those were definitely two great experiences in my life, two wins I will never forget! Even though last season wasn’t a winning season, our team showed a lot of perseverance and resilience. We never complained, and we competed against every team we played. I’m not one for moral victories, but last season was a life lesson for everyone who followed and participated.
What can we expect from you and the team for your senior season?
MC: You can expect a team that lives by unselfishness and sacrifice for one another. We have a lot of talent and depth and a lot of guys that we can plug into multiple positions. It’ll be an ELECTRIC Year, to say the least!! We Thank You, REDSTORMNATION, for your Die Hard support! STORMSZN is approaching, and we can’t wait to see you there.
St. John’s under head coach Chris Mullin is preparing for a tournament run this season. They will look to turn it around after finishing 16-17 overall and 4-14 in the Big East last season.