Clark’s star-scoring guard Bryan Berg has signed with NCAA Division II Western Oregon University May 3, on a reported full scholarship.
Berg closed out his career with Clark after a 2014-15 NWAC basketball championship win, leading the Penguins’ 2015-16 scoring with nearly 18 points a game and receiving this year’s NWAC Basketball Player of the Year award.
“He is one of those guys that has just given everything to the program,” said head coach Alex Kirk, who coached Berg for two years. “When you recruit a kid, you hope that they can all have careers like Bryan.”
Berg had his best outing on Feb. 24 during the 2015-16 season amassing 39 points, seven assists and three rebounds in a losing effort to defend the number one seed against conference rival Clackamas Community College. The Penguins would enter the postseason with the number one seed after leading the southern conference two years in a row.
Clark went 49-15 with Berg as he racked up over 1,000 points during the course of his two years as a Penguin.
Berg will join forces in Multnomah, Oregon, with the Western Oregon Wolves under veteran coach Jim Shaw. Although Shaw has been a NCAA Division I coach for some 25 years, he coached them into a Final Four appearance in the NCAA Division II championships in his first season with the Wolves this year.
Shaw has coached NBA all-star Gary Payton at Oregon State in 1990, and has also coached in the NWAC when he took lead of his Chemeketa Community College team on a 33-0 season.
Berg joins the NCAA Division II conference along with former Clark teammate Glenn Baral who will be playing for the Cal State University Golden Eagles.