Although Butler Bulldogs fans would have liked to see their team make it farther in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, senior Rotnie Clarke did not disappoint in his only year with the team.
Whether if it was hitting buzzer beaters during the regular season or draining threes like it is nothing, Clarke was one of the most exciting players to watch all season long. He led Butler in scoring, averaging 16.9 points per game. He was also one heck of a free throw shooter, making 88.6 percent of his shots on the season from the charity stripe.
Clarke is a big reason why the Bulldogs had such a successful season, despite only making it to the round of 32 in the dance. However, this was a Butler team that beat Marquette–thanks to a game-winning shot by Clarke–North Carolina and Indiana on the year.
As a result, Butler earned a No. 6 seed in the Big Dance, but unfortunately lost to Marquette by two points. However, Clarke was great in that game, scoring 24 points and making five three-pointers, which is what he did best. On the season, Clarke drained 115 threes.
It is a shame that Clarke did not get to play for the Bulldogs longer, but that is a result of spending three seasons in an Arkansas Razorbacks uniform before transferring to Butler.
Coming into the season, Clarke was regarded as one of the best three-point shooters and he will leave the season with the same regards.
Butler will obviously miss Clarke, but the Bulldogs always seem to find new talent. This is a team that did make back-to-back NCAA Tournament championships just a couple of years ago.
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