Caitlin Clark once won AAU state championship in boys league as a youngster

The Iowa Hawkeyes star Caitlin Clark is considered one of the greatest players in college basketball history. Her playing style is often compared to that of the four-time NBA champion, Stephen Curry. The 6-foot point guard has a dominant presence on the court and is no stranger to breaking records in NCAA Division I college basketball.

Caitlin holds the record as Iowa’s all-time leader in assists and the NCAA record for 3-pointers made in a single season. Being a dominant force in women’s college basketball history, Caitlin had dominated the boys’ league as well when she was younger.

Story behind Caitlin Clark play in boys’ leagues growing up

Caitlin started playing basketball when she was five years old. While growing up, Brent Clarke, Caitlin’s father, shared a story in an interview about her that, as a kid, Caitlin used to compete in the boys’ league because her parents were unable to find an AAU girls’ league for her.

Many parents even complained about her joining the boys’ league and that she shouldn’t be allowed to play there. And, as it should not come as a surprise, her team won an AAU state title.

This story by her dad impressed the fans and supporters so much that the arenas are always sold out whenever she’s playing. In the 2023–24 season, Caitlin is averaging 32.2 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 7.4 assists per game on 47% field goals.

Caitlin Clark holds men and women NCAA scoring record

Earlier, on February 15, Caitlin Clark broke Kelsey Plum’s record of 3,527 points for the women’s NCAA scoring title by scoring a career-high 49 points with 9 three-pointers, setting a new record of 3,569 points, leaving her just 98 points short of breaking Pete Maravich’s NCAA All-time scoring records in both men’s and women’s division.

But the 54-year-old record couldn’t stand in the way of Caitlin Clark when she broke Pete Maravich’s NCAA record of 3,667 points on March 3 against Ohio State and set a new record of 3,685 points. Caitlin finished with 35 points, 6 rebounds, and 9 assists to seal the victory.

Caitlin Clark is, in fact, the first player to score 3,000 points, 1000 assists, and 850 rebounds in NCAA history in both men’s and women’s divisions. Caitlin has now made her decision to leave Iowa after 4 seasons to enter the WNBA draft and is already considered the No. 1 pick for the first round.

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