Michael (Mike) Clarke
Year Inducted: 2008
Eventually at 6’8″, he was an imposing figure on and off the court. Mike Clarke began his road to the Hall at Cornwall’s St. Joseph’s Secondary School in the 1980’s.
In grade 9, he was 5’8″ and showed solid skills; one year later he was 6’3″ and still growing and began to dominate.
In 1991, Mike along with his brother Sean led St. Joe’s to an EOSSA Championship, and a solid showing at the All-Ontario tournament.
Mike continued his basketball excellence at St. Francis Xavier University leading the 1993 squad to a CIAU Championship, and even being named to the Third All Canadian Team in 1996.
During his senior year, Mike represented Canada at the Fred Jones Cup in Taiwan, and used his rebounding skills to help the team capture a gold medal.
Mike turned pro in 1997, playing in New Zealand, finishing his rookie year top five in scoring and rebounding. With professional stints in Germany and Sweden, Mike continued to build his basketball resume before retiring in 1999.
Like so many other Hall of Fame members, Mike used his talents in more than one sport. A dual citizen to Canada and the United States, Mike parlayed a love of rugby into a spot on the U.S. National team.