Rotnei Clarke Leaving Arkansas Basketball After Receiving Scholarship Release

At this point, new Arkansas head coach Mike Anderson is running out of bodies for his first season at the helm. Anderson has already lost two players -- both of which asked for and were granted releases -- and on Tuesday a third was granted a release from the program. Anderson brings a drastic change of style with him to Arkansas, and many of the players recruited under the previous system are worried about his patented high-pressure, up-tempo style not fitting their best interest.

Rotnei Clarke asked for, and was granted, his release on Tuesday, Arkansas announced in a press release. Clarke's case was a bit different than the rest in that it was the old bait-and-switch. At first, Clarke asserted he planned to stick with the program before having a change of heart and asking for a release this week.

New men's coach Mike Anderson said in the statement that he met with Clarke shortly after he was hired, and was given every indication that he wanted to stay. Anderson said after Clarke recently informed him that he wanted to leave, he recommended to Long that the request be granted

Clarke is the third Razorback to leave the program since Anderson came aboard. Glenn Bryant and Jeff Peterson were also granted release this offseason. Clarke was the Razorbacks leading scoring last season with 15.2 points per game.

For more on the Razorbacks, head over to Arkansas Expats.

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