Manning: TU's focus is beyond Clarkson
BY ERIC BAILEY World Sports Writer
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Danny Manning would have enjoyed the chance to work with Tulsa all-conference guard Jordan Clarkson.
But the first-year Golden Hurricane coach said he has to look past Clarkson, who intends to transfer and has been granted permission to speak to three different schools.
“We’d love the opportunity to coach him because he’s a talented player and would fit well with what we envisioned for the direction of the program,” Manning said on Wednesday in an interview with the Tulsa World. “But, yet, still they decided they want to do something else. That’s their prerogative. That’s kind of disappointing.
“But, not to be rude or callous, I can’t waste energy with people that don’t want to be here. I’m focused on the young men still focused on TU. Our main focus is making sure we go out and recruit some pieces that can come in and have an impact and help us usher in a new era of Tulsa basketball.”
Manning has allowed the administration to make decisions regarding Clarkson's future, saying some of it was preexisting before he arrived. There has been speculation that the player's family or representatives have looked to transfer, which Mike Clarkson, Jordan Clarkson's father, has repeatedly denied. Mike Clarkson added that the decision to transfer has nothing to do with Manning.
Clarkson was granted permission from TU to make contact with three (Vanderbilt, Colorado, TCU) of eight schools requested by the family.
Mike Clarkson said in a Yahoo Sports interview that his family didn’t make any requests with a future Tulsa opponent or Conference USA school.