Parrish McDonald’s Presents Student Athlete of the Week: McKenzie Clark

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Position: rotating Point Guard and Shooting Guard 

School: Huffines Middle School (Lewisville, Texas)

Player #: 00 – Hoop Society (Mesquite, Texas)

Grade: 6th

Hailing from the North Texas city of Lewisville — #2 in Best School Districts for Athletes in Denton County — standout basketball player, McKenzie “MK” Clark is well on her way to putting herself on the map of notable youth athletes.

As a rotating point guard and shooting guard for the Mesquite Hoop Society select basketball team, Clark (12) averages 8 points, 3 rebounds, and 8 champion assists per game. Her near legendary ability to get around defenders on the court, focused precision in passing to teammates, and exceptional left-handed handles (complimented by fellow SG/PG, native Texan, and Boston Celtics player, Marcus Smart) makes Clark a contender among her peers.

She (alongside teammates) demonstrated remarkable athleticism last Saturday, November 13, when Hoop Society participated in the DFW Turkey Tip Off, where they slayed the court with a 25 plus lead in each game leg — leading to a championship victory.

Clark’s athletic abilities extend far beyond the court to displaying success on the soccer field, softball diamond, and golf course. Yet, her love of basketball runs deep, having played since the tender age of five as a TOT (Teams of Tomorrow) preschool player.

“Sports has helped me to be more focused and create goals. I want to play soccer and basketball in middle school, so I’m working hard for that goal,” Clark said. “I also want to get a scholarship to college to play sports.”

Clark shared that she has high aspirations when it comes to her Top Picks for College, which include Baylor University, University of California – Los Angeles (where she has personal ties), and the highly anticipated University of Connecticut — the most successful women’s basketball program in the nation.

Clark’s parents feel she’s in the right place to grow and sharpen her skillset, not just on the court, but educationally also. According to the LISD Athletics program, it strives to provide athletic experiences that will contribute to the personal, physical, and psychological development of all athletes who choose to participate.

“McKenzie makes school a priority because it’s her key to playing sports, but she thrives in an environment that allows her to display leadership and stand out among her peers,” her mother shared about Clark’s newly appointed Kindness Ambassador role at school.

Just as the Hoop Society motto states, “Many are called, Few are chosen,” it’s evident that McKenzie Clark is one student athlete that has a bright future ahead where she will be chosen.

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