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UB's Wes Clark named 2018 Riley Wallace Award Winner as nation’s top transfer

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- University at Buffalo men's basketball senior Wes Clark was named the 2018 Riley Wallace Award Winner, which is presented to the nation's top transfer.
"Wes Clark was a difference maker for Buffalo," said CollegeInsider.com's Angela Lento. "He was one of the most underrated players in college basketball this season and should have been a first team All-Mid-American Conference selection."
Clark played in the final 26 games of the season after becoming eligible in late December.  He was named the MAC Tournament Most Valuable Player after scoring 26 points in the MAC Championship game against Toledo.  Clark averaged 25.5 points per game in Buffalo's two NCAA Tournament Games as he had 25 points and seven assists against Arizona and added 26 more points in his final game against Kentucky.  Clark ended his career with 1,015 points split between his time at Missouri and Buffalo.
"I am extremely happy for Wes and this recognition is extremely well deserved," said head coach Nate Oats.  "Those around this program know the hard work that he put in and he is a huge reason for the success we had as a team this past year."
The award is named after former Hawaii head coach Riley Wallace and is presented annually to the top transfer in division I college basketball. During his coaching career at Hawaii; Wallace welcome many transfers into the program, which helped him to become the winningest coach in Hawaii history.
Wallace guided Hawaii to nine postseason appearances, including a school-record streak of four straight from 2001-04. The Warriors appeared in the NCAA Tournament three times under Wallace and have been invited to the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) on six occasions. Prior to his arrival, the program had just one NCAA appearance and two trips to the NIT.