Clarke released from UA basketball
BY Staff Reports
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
6/21/11 at 12:58 PM
FAYETTEVILLE - Former Verdigris star Rotnei Clarke has been granted his release from the University of Arkansas men's basketball program, the school announced Monday.
Clarke, who was scheduled to be a senior in the fall, is free to speak to other institutions. If he transfers to another NCAA Division I program, he would be redshirted in 2011-12 and have one remaining season of eligibility.
The release came after Clarke completed the necessary requirements, including an in-person meeting with the vice chancellor and director of athletics, Jeff Long, a release from the school states.
"Upon receiving a written request and meeting with him today, as part of our review process, it is clear to me that it is in the best interests of everyone for Rotnei to continue his academic and athletic career elsewhere," Long said in the statement. "We wish him well and hope that he finds what he is searching for at a new institution."
The 6-foot guard has a career scoring average of 14.2 points. As a junior last season, he was an All-SEC second-team selection.
"I wish Rotnei Clarke the best as he moves on," said Arkansas head men's basketball coach Mike Anderson. "Shortly after I arrived, I met with him and was given every indication that he wanted to be a part of our program moving forward. Recently, Rotnei informed me of his intent to leave the University of Arkansas."
At Verdigris High School, Clarke became Oklahoma's career scoring leader while leading the Cardinals to the 2008 Class 3A championship.
In his three seasons, the Hogs were 46-47 overall and 16-32 in Southeastern Conference play.
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