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Rotnei Clarke to play for Brad Stevens at Butler

Posted on: August 1, 2011 3:56 pm
Edited on: August 1, 2011 4:04 pm
 

By Jeff Goodman

After nearly pulling the trigger for Oklahoma, Rotnei Clarke has decided to transfer to Butler.

The 6-foot Oklahoma native, who has been methodical with his recruitment after finally being released by Mike Anderson and Arkansas in June, made the decision on Monday.

``It just felt like the best fit for me,” Clarke told CBSSports.com. ``It was a tough decision, especially with me being from Oklahoma.”

``Coach (Brad) Stevens is an unbelievable guy and obviously, they’ve had tremendous success the last few years,” he added. ``I really liked the players on the team. They seemed like more than just teammates.”

Clarke will sit out this season and have one year left of eligibility with Brad Stevens and the Bulldogs.

He is arguably the top perimeter shooter in the nation and has expanded his game over the past year. He averaged 15.2 points last season and shot nearly 44 percent from beyond the arc and put up 21.4 points and shot 52 percent from long distance over the final eight games of the season.

Clarke was leaning toward committing to Lon Kruger and the Sooners. However, sources told CBSSports.com the uncertainty regarding whether the Sooners would face any NCAA sanctions in the wake of an investigation swayed Clarke to Butler.

``I really believe Coach Kruger will turn the program around quickly,” Clarke said. ``And while I was told that the NCAA decision wouldn’t affect me, it wasn’t guaranteed. I didn’t know that for sure  - and didn’t want to go there without knowing 100 percent.”

Clarke will likely see time at both backcourt spots for the Bulldogs. Butler will lose senior point guard Ronald Nored after this season.

``I’m hoping to work on being a point guard in the year off,” Clarke said. ``I know I need a lot of work on it – but I’m hoping I can really improve and be able to play both spots at Butler.” 

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Comments

Since: Aug 26, 2012
Posted on: August 26, 2012 3:20 am
 

Rotnei Clarke to play for Brad Stevens at Butler

I went to college with Rotnei's Dad and Mom. They were extremely athletic and awesome people. I have followed Rotnei and his career somewhat. My best friend is from Booneville, Arkansas, and was wanting updates on Rotnei.  I have watched videos of Rotnei back in High School and he is by far one of the best outside shooters I have ever seen.  What parent would not want the best for his kid. What did they accomplish 3 state championships, and Rotnei broke like all the scoring records.  Sounds like a pretty awesome job of coaching to me. Rotnei is what 19 or 20 give him a break he is only a kid with incredible amount of talent. I hope Butler goes all the way. Rotnei good luck at Butler and tell your Dad his Pheasant hunting buddy says Hi!



Since: Jan 22, 2012
Posted on: January 22, 2012 12:30 pm
 

Rotnei Clarke to play for Brad Stevens at Butler

Rotnei you should have stayed at the ark. you would have got the chance to be a part of a great team and mike anderson is a good coach that can bring out the potenials in a young player and he loves a guy that can shoot the three ball.



Since: Oct 1, 2009
Posted on: August 4, 2011 8:00 pm
 

Rotnei Clarke to play for Brad Stevens at Butler


    Rotnei will do fine at Butler, provided the coach kisses his rear and does EXACTLY what HE wants done. He was a pain at Verdigris HS in Oklahoma where his dad coached and as such was given the green light to do whatever he wanted. He was originally going to join his AAU peer Willie Warren at OU but opted out because he and Wille "didn't get along."  He obviously continued that behavior at Arkansas...I think the dude is poison.


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  You are exactly right. The whole time he was at Arkansas the team Chemistry was terrible between the players. I thought it was because of Courtney Fortson, so when Fortson left I thought the team chemistry would improve last year, but it didn't. I guess Fortson wasn't the problem. Maybe he should have gone to USC (University of Spoiled Children). But I did enjoy watching Rotnei play and wish him well in his future. He needs to grow a pair and tell his Dad and Uncle to butt out and stop running his life.
   Now that Rotnei is gone and new coaches in place and great recruits coming in, Arkansas is on it's way back to that Winning tradition.




Since: Sep 18, 2009
Posted on: August 4, 2011 10:39 am
 

Rotnei Clarke to play for Brad Stevens at Butler

Ridiculously good shooter.  Seems like a great fit for Butler.  It was fun watching him play, but if someone isn't happy somewhere, they need to go.  If he was unhappy before, then he really couldn't find peace in a Mike Anderson offense.
  



Since: Dec 9, 2006
Posted on: August 3, 2011 9:45 am
 

Rotnei Clarke to play for Brad Stevens at Butler

Wow. Brad Stevens finally makes his first bad coaching decision. 



Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: August 2, 2011 2:53 pm
 

Rotnei Clarke to play for Brad Stevens at Butler

Rotnei will do fine at Butler, provided the coach kisses his rear and does EXACTLY what HE wants done. He was a pain at Verdigris HS in Oklahoma where his dad coached and as such was given the green light to do whatever he wanted. He was originally going to join his AAU peer Willie Warren at OU but opted out because he and Wille "didn't get along."  He obviously continued that behavior at Arkansas...I think the dude is poison.




Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: August 2, 2011 1:33 pm
 

Rotnei Clarke to play for Brad Stevens at Butler

I am not hoping for him to be injured or to not do well, but I am not wishing him the best of luck either.  He is a great shooter, and would have been a great asset to the Hogs this year.
Asking for a transfer after every season was getting old.  So, I am glad he is gone in that respect.  He still will not be an NBA player.  You don't see many 6'0" shooting guards who have a hard time creating their own shot and struggle on defense in the NBA.




Since: Dec 31, 2009
Posted on: August 2, 2011 12:43 pm
 

Rotnei Clarke to play for Brad Stevens at Butler

There is a zero percent chance Detroit made the tourney in the last 10 years. 0.0, haha....when was the last time they even made the NIT??  but you have Dick Vitale court, lol.



Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: August 2, 2011 11:37 am
 

Rotnei Clarke to play for Brad Stevens at Butler

Too bad for Rotnei.  I guess he's never heard of Pat Bradley. 




Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: August 2, 2011 11:17 am
 

You stay classy now...

Wow. It's always great to see classy Razorback fans hope for a kid to break a leg.  Maybe you will get to find out if karma really is a [bleep].  


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