Expressing Myself

Paris Clark

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When I was about six years old, I walked to the park with my grandmother and saw some boys playing basketball.

The game caught my attention. 

I asked if I could join them, and luckily, they were cool with it. 

Before I knew it, I was completely hooked.

Crazy how it works sometimes, right?

From that day on, I started playing for my school teams, AAU teams — all that fun stuff. 

The more I played, the more I realized basketball was something I wanted to do for a long time. 

It is more than just a game to me.

Finding my way

Much has happened since that six-year-old stepped on a basketball court for the first time.

Countless memories that will forever be ingrained in my memory.

One of those moments is when I was named a McDonald's All-American in 2022. 

I met so many new people and played against some of the best players in the nation. That experience reflects one of the coolest parts of basketball — it introduces me to people from all over and connects me to what turn out to be lifelong friends.

After playing a year at Arizona, I entered the transfer portal. 

The whole transition process was definitely overwhelming. 

I wanted to make sure I made the right choice for the next three years of my life. 

No pressure, you know?

But once Coach Mox connected with me, I knew from the jump that Virginia was the right place. 

I felt confident I could excel on and off the court.

Once I stepped on campus, I felt at home.

Everyone creates a positive environment here, so that made it easier adjusting to the new program.

The culture is strong and supportive at UVA, and I’m so grateful to be a part of this team.

Basketball has definitely played a huge role in my life, but it isn’t the only thing I’m passionate about.