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Rotnei Clarke set to visit Butler

Posted on: June 28, 2011 8:48 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2011 8:50 pm
 

By Jeff Goodman

Rotnei Clarke is taking an official visit to Butler later this week.

The former Arkansas Razorback told CBSSports.com that he will visit Brad Stevens and the Bulldogs on Thursday – and also may take official visits to Virginia and Oklahoma.

``I’m not trying to rush through the process,” said Clarke, an Oklahoma native. ``I only have one year left to play, so I want to make sure I make the best decision.”

The 6-foot Clarke led Arkansas in scoring last season at 15.2 points per game and is arguably the top shooter in the country. He will sit out next season and then have one year remaining of eligibility in 2012-13.

Butler is coming off back-to-back national championship game appearances. 

Clarke was finally given his release earlier this month from new coach Mike Anderson just days after CBSSports.com’s story in which Clarke said that Anderson denied his request.

Clarke said he was also denied his request to transfer shortly after former Arkansas coach John Pelphrey was fired.

The speculation, following his recent release by Arkansas, was that Clarke was headed to play his final year at Gonzaga – one of his finalists coming out of high school.

However, Clarke told CBSSports.com on Tuesday night that he intends to do his due diligence in the process – and as of now, does not have plans to visit the ‘Zags.


``I’ve in no way made a decision yet,” Clarke said. ``I just want to get as much information as possible before I decide.” 

Comments

Since: Apr 5, 2008
Posted on: June 30, 2011 9:07 pm
 

Rotnei Clarke set to visit Butler

I just love how rampant speculation is a substitute for actual facts in the minds of some fans.  Clarke obviously wanted to play for Pelphrey but he wasn't being used as he should be?  Give me a break.  How is a trey shooting machine not going to fit in with a Pitino disciple and a trey shooter himself?  Maybe he didn't like playing defense.  Maybe he had a hangnail and he wouldn't treat it.  Maybe pink elephants got in his way of shooting as much as he wanted for the Hogs.  Maybe no one here has a real clue what actually happened.  He tried to leave after Pelphrey was fired.  Now there's something you don't see every year.  Wait a minute!  Yes you do!.  He had to wait for a release.  That's what the "facts" tend to indicate but I'm speculating when I say that.  Every comment here was pure speculation.  I know the guy was a solid player.  I also know John wasn't given a fair chance to right the ship at Ark..  Nolan Richardson isn't coming back (who'd want him at this point).  Eddie Sutton is long gone.  You build a program from the ground up when it's as low as Ark. has been.  And the coach wasn't given a chance to do that.  Yes he was strict.  Good coaches are like that.  Apparently not cheating isn't a plus in Fayetteville.  Neither is not being a thug.



Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: June 29, 2011 9:12 pm
 

Rotnei Clarke set to visit Butler

Exactly what truth was he not told?



Since: Oct 18, 2008
Posted on: June 29, 2011 5:37 pm
 

Rotnei Clarke set to visit Butler

I've followed this kid since he was in high school. All he wanted was for Arkansas to tell him the truth. Any team that gets him will be better for it. He's good and Arkansas didn't utilize his talent. How can you blame a kid for wanting to go somewhere that is going to make the most of his abilites and tell him the truth?



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: June 29, 2011 11:15 am
 

Clarke

Just trying to be objective about this situation- this kid does appear to seem like a little bit of a privileged brat.  Not just because he left Arkansas but by the way he's conducted this whole process.  It sounds like he was never "Denied his release' they just didn't return a phone call.  The reports don't substantiate the length of time it took for this response. 

Why could he not just walk into the athletic department and make this request in person before making a public spectacle is my issue.  It sounds as though he's made this way more dramatic than it needed to be.



Since: Jun 17, 2011
Posted on: June 28, 2011 9:23 pm
 

Rotnei Clarke set to visit Butler

Um, so Jeff Long is responsible for granting releases. You got it wrong AGAIN. How much is Team Clarke paying you to handle his free publicity anyhow?


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