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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 ``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 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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Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: August 2, 2011 6:04 am

Rotnei Clarke to play for Brad Stevens at Butler

What a joke!!! Im a razorback fan who loved watching this guy play...but also hating him cry every year that  he was going to transfer....nothing but a big tit bag!!!!!  break a leg loser!!!!!

Since: Oct 31, 2009
Posted on: August 1, 2011 6:47 pm

Rotnei Clarke to play for Brad Stevens at Butler

Butler is going to a threat for years to come.  Will they play in back to back National Championship games...No, but they play in the Horizon League, and they have a great coach, and both of those are extremely important when it comes to recruiting.  Look what John Calapari did in Memphis, the were perennial favorites, because he was able to capitalize off the fact that they played in an extremely week league, and thus always gave themselves a chance to make the dance, and with a decent seed.  Adding Clarke is only going to bolster Stevens stature for the 12-13 recruiting class.  People are already calling their back-to-back National Championship appearances one of the greatest accomplishments ever, that could just be the beginning of what Brad Stevens has in store for everyone. As long as Butler hangs on to Brad Stevens, they are in a fantastic position to become a national brand.  People forget that when guys like Calhoun and Krzyzewski showed up on their campuses 30+ years ago, they were not national brands either, and now they are threat every year, even if they don't appear to be preseason....who are the two coaches that beat Brad Stevens in the those title games again?

Since: Nov 22, 2009
Posted on: August 1, 2011 6:21 pm

Rotnei Clarke to play for Brad Stevens at Butler

But still a great get for Butler and the Horizon League!

Since: Nov 22, 2009
Posted on: August 1, 2011 6:20 pm

Rotnei Clarke to play for Brad Stevens at Butler

There is a 0% chance that he will help butler win the title in 2012

Since: Jun 14, 2010
Posted on: August 1, 2011 6:16 pm

Rotnei Clarke to play for Brad Stevens at Butler

He has to sit out this year. But I think it is a great addition to Butler!! This guy can flat out shoot it..

Since: Dec 31, 2009
Posted on: August 1, 2011 5:10 pm

Rotnei Clarke to play for Brad Stevens at Butler

great get for Butler, hopefully he can help their bid for a national title in 2012

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