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Anderson HS retires jersey of Austin's first McDonald's All-American basketball player

Kris Clack, Austin's first McDonald's All-American basketball player, had his jersey retired by his alma mater, Anderson High School.

AUSTIN, Texas — Anderson High School honored and retired the jersey of Kris Clack, Austin's first McDonald's All-American basketball player, on Friday. 

Clack led the Trojans to three straight district championships and two state tournament appearances in the early 1990s.

"Just the fact that someone has seen my accomplishments, someone has seen our accomplishments as a team ... It's something I didn't ever think would happen," he said.

In the 1992-93 season, Anderson finished one win shy of the state tournament, losing 64-63 to Waco University in the state quarterfinal round. The Trojans fell in the state championship game in 1994 to Plainview, 54-52. 

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1993 Anderson HS basketball team. Credit: Anderson HS
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1994-95 Anderson HS basketball team. Credit: Anderson HS

Anderson racked up a 100-12 record in those three seasons from 1992-1994. 

Clack went on to play for the University of Texas, becoming the Longhorns' first McDonald's All-American signee.

At his jersey retirement ceremony, he spoke fondly of his time with the 'Horns.

"I bled orange before I got there. I didn't take any college visits because I already knew where I wanted to go," he said. 

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Former McDonald's All-American Kris Clack in his Anderson HS uniform. Credit: Anderson HS

In his four seasons at the University of Texas, Clack started in 107 games out of 120 total games played, scored 1,592 points, grabbed 771 rebounds and recorded 239 steals.

"With the coaching style of [former Texas head coach] Tom Penders and my playing ability, I just knew he was going to let you play basketball. He's not going to hold you back," Clack said.

Clack is currently a special education teacher at LBJ High School where he helps coach the JV basketball team as well.

"The teammates, the stories, the friendships that I've made, the brotherhood that we continue to create, it was fun times," he said. "But at the same time, I feel like I have so much to give, so much more not just for myself/ With me coaching now, [I'm] giving someone else the opportunity and someone else the knowledge to live out something like I did or even greater." 

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