ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 10: Rotnei Clarke #15 of the Arkansas Razorbacks reacts after loosing to the Tennessee Volunteers 68 to 74 during the first round of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament at the Georgia Dome on March 10, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Arkansas Transfer Rotnei Clarke To Butler After Considering UVA, Oklahoma

Rotnei Clarke, the third player to be granted a release since Mike Anderson was named head coach, has landed at Butler.

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Rotnei Clarke Chooses Butler Over Oklahoma After Leaving Arkansas

Rotnei Clarke, the 6-foot guard who was able to get his release from Arkansas earlier this year, has decided to transferto Butler. Clarke, an Oklahoma native, had been rumored to be leaning toward transferring to the Sooners.

"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 be eligible play during the 2012-13 season after sitting out this year. Clarke averaged 15.2 points per game and connected on 44 percent of his 3-point attempts last season. According to the CBSSports.com report, Clarke was scared off because of possible sanctions against the Oklahoma basketball program. 

Clarke said that he's hoping to be able to transition into more of a point guard during his year off.

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Rotnei Clarke Visits Oklahoma Basketball, To Lon Kruger's Delight

Rotnei Clarke toured the University of Oklahoma on Monday, much to the delight of men's basketball coach Lon Kruger, who is reportedly very interested in the guard who led Arkansas in scoring last season. Clarke was granted his release from Arkansas after coach John Pelphrey was fired, following an 18-13 season in which the Razorbacks failed to make the NCAA tournament. Clarke was one of three players granted their release from Arkansas.

Clarke, who averaged 41 points and set Oklahoma's all-time high school scoring record, is now touring schools. The 6-foot guard scored 15.2 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists, while shooting 43.8 percent from behind the three-point arc last season. 

In addition to Oklahoma, Clarke also visited Butler and said he will be visiting Gonzaga and Virginia. Recently, reports surfaced that Clarke had originally sought his release after his sophomore season and that he was trying to transfer to Gonzaga. Clarke will have to sit out this season, but will have one year of eligibility remaining. 

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Rotnei Clarke Visiting Butler Basketball, Possibly Virginia And Oklahoma Too

Departing Arkansas Razorbacks scorer Rotnei Clarke has begun constructing a list of potential transfer destinations, starting with a visit "later this week" to see the Butler Bulldogsas he told CBS Sports' Jeff Goodman. Clarke also lists the Virginia Cavaliers and Oklahoma Sooners as possible landing spots -- Clarke is originally from Oklahoma.

Wherever he ends up, Clarke's new coaching staff will have to hope he's happier than he was throughout his career at Arkansas. Even before Mike Anderson took over in Fayetteville/Little Rock/whichever other cities Hogs athletics claims, Clarke had been displeased enough to ask for a release after his sophomore year. He also asked again after his junior year before John Pelphrey was fired.

  One school we may be able to scratch off his list: Clarke told Goodman he has no plans to visit the Gonzaga Bulldogs.

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

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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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