Eric Clarkson '91
Eric Clarkson '91
Title: Athlete
Year: 1991
Team: Basketball
Induction: 2001
Erik Clarkson '91 (graduated in 1987 from South Salem High School & now lives in Gig Harbor, Wash.) broke every major Willamette scoring record during his four-year basketball career. By the time his senior season was complete, Clarkson moved pas Doug Holden for career points (2,071), career average (18.3), season points (678) and season average (23.4). He set a single-game scoring standard with 47 points his senior year against Southern Oregon. He was a two-time NAIA All-America honorable mention selection (1990-91) after winning Northwest Conference Player of the Year honors those same seasons. Clarkson was also a first-team NAIA District II choice his last two years after leading the Bearcats to back-to-back District II West Division titles in 1990-91. He also helped Willamette win the NWC during his freshman (1987-88) and sophomore (1988-89) years. The Bearcats were 77-38 in Clarkson's four seasons and went a perfect 8-0 in winning four John Lewis Classic championships.