Former scout teammer earns weekly honor

It's taken Virginia Wesleyan College guard Aaron Clark three years to finally see significant playing time. His patience has payed off, and he can now call himself the ODAC Player of the Week.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – “Patience is a virtue.” It may be a cliche, but it’s one Aaron Clark held on to over the past three seasons at Virginia Wesleyan College.

As it turns out, Clark’s patience paid off. After three seasons on the scout team, the 5-foot-10 senior from Chesapeake is the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) player of the week.

“I had to wait my turn, (but) I was playing behind great guys,” said Clark, who scored a career-high 21 points at Hampden-Sydney College, hit a career best five three-pointers in the process, and followed that up with a 12-point outing against Guilford on Saturday.

“Aaron Clark has been working hard for three, four years now,” said senior guard DJ Woodmore, who’s also a close friend of Clark’s, “…I’m glad that he’s getting an opportunity to play, and playing well.”

Clark always enjoyed his teammates, enjoyed playing for his head coach, but didn’t always love the situation. Once a two-year starter at Tallwood High School in Virginia Beach, Clark had to work his way back up the ladder, and came close to transferring a few times.

“I had to talk to my parents a lot; a lot of late-night phone calls. I was in (Head Coach Dave Macedo’s) office a lot, upset and stuff,” said Clark.

Still, he stuck with it, and feels his role on the scout team played a role in his team’s 2012 ODAC Tournament championship.

“I pushed the guys in front of me, and I felt like that helped them on gameday, and we got wins because of it,” said Clark.

He’s made the journey from scout team to senior leader, but still plays with a chip on his shoulder. Clark’s job this year is to keep pushing the 12-3 Marlins toward postseason success.

“He’d be an outstanding coach,” said Macedo, “He’s in my ear giving me advice throughout the entire game for those three years, and now, he’s playing a pivotal roll for us this year.”

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