Rotnei Clarke Had An Amazing College Basketball Career

By Trevor Lowry
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Rotnei Clarke may have only played one season for the Butler Bulldogs, but what an amazing season it was. In fact, what an amazing college basketball career it was for Clarke.

We all knew that the Arkansas Razorback transfer could hit from behind the arc, but it was still awesome seeing him drain 115 threes this season, which was the most in one year for him.

For Arkansas, Clarke’s most threes in a season was 100, which came in his sophomore season.

Clarke averaged 30 minutes or more per game every single year in college and the least amount of points that he scored in a season per game was 12.2. However, that came in his freshman season, which is still good no matter who you are.

Clarke was one of the best players at Arkansas and he would have easily been one of the best players in the SEC this season if he would have stayed with the Razorbacks. That was obviously not the case, though.

Clarke led the Bulldogs with 16.9 points per game on the year and he was even better in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, averaging 20.5 points per game. It did not matter how far Clarke was behind the three-point line because he could pretty much drain shots from anywhere on the court. If he was given an inch of room, he would pull the trigger and drain the shot in the defender’s face. Not to mention, he was clutch down the stretch and even made a buzzer-beater against the Marquette Golden Eagles earlier in the season. Ironically enough, Marquette knocked Butler out of the dance.

It is too bad that Clarke could not be in a Butler uniform longer, but even when he did play for Arkansas, he was known as one of the best shooters in college basketball.

This was a very good Bulldogs team that almost made the Sweet 16 this year and Clarke played a big part in that.

Clare will surely be missed for his three-point shooting abilities, but he at least gave Butler one great season and was one of the most exciting players to watch in the nation as well.

In his career, Clarke made 389 threes. He was also one heck of a free throw shooter and should go down as one of the all time greats in that department

Butler will definitely be able to move on without Clarke, thanks to Brad Stevens being the great coach that he is, but Clarke’s one season for Butler was still an amazing one to say the least and he will be missed in college basketball.


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