CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- Just saying the name Kihei Clark around ACC coaches elicits a certain groan.

"Oh goodness gracious," Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner said, "So Kihei Clark, I think he's tough, he's a winner, I'm a huge fan of Kihei Clark, so I was looking forward for him to leave."

"I wish he had graduated," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said, "I love Kihei, but I'm tired of seeing him."

Over the past four and now going on five seasons the ACC has seen a lot of Kihei, who leads all returners in the league in minutes played (4,244) by nearly a thousand (Notre Dame's Dane Goodwin in second with 3,683).

"He's a tremendous player, I don't think there's anybody in the ACC who has had more of an impact on their team than Kihei. He never gets rattled, he's quick as a cat, he finishes at the rim," Hamilton said, "He's almost an institution as far as I'm concerned."

Clark is one of two players back in the ACC with a national championship on his resume along with teammate Francisco Caffaro, who redshirted on the 2019 Cavalier team.

"I admire him greatly for what he's done for the Atlantic Coast Conference, he's a champion," Virginia Tech coach Mike Young said.

Clark entered the ACC five years ago as an unknown guard out of California with only an offer from UC Davis, but will leave an NCAA Champion and as one of the top names on any ACC scouting report.

"Means a lot from being a first year coming in," Clark said on the comments from other ACC coaches, "Not really being highly-recruited or anything like that to how I'm spoke about now it just means a lot."

His impact to Tony Bennett and the Cavaliers might be even greater returning for a fifth-season to lead an experienced squad and an impact freshman class with lofty expectations once again.

"Start with the experience, but he's a fierce competitor and you're not going to be successful if you don't have guys that just have 'it', they just kind of got that in him," Virginia coach Tony Bennett said of Clark, "He's always been that way, that's how he's survived, that's why he's been good, that's why he could play as a first year and help that team that won it all."

Clark will likely end his playing career as Virginia's career leader in minutes played (181 minutes behind London Perrantes), career leader in starts (14 behind Perrantes) and could climb up the all-time assists chart as well (currently 5th in program history with 539), but the numbers always fall short in describing his impact.

"Kihei sets the tone and sets the tempo of how we play, his leadership," fellow super senior Jayden Gardner said, "Just because the box score might say he has what seven points, five assists and two steals, but his impact is way more than the box score."

Clark came back to find the perfect ending for his UVA career, the only ending opposing coaches want to see is Clark to finally walk out of John Paul Jones Arena one final time.

"I'll tell you who will be really thrilled to see him gone is whoever he's guarding, that is unpleasant," Young said.

"He always comes through it seems when the game is on the line and I'll be glad when he's gone," Hamilton said.