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.”