Butler‘s Rotnei Clarke should have been destined for a career of professional basketball in Europe. Instead, he is taking his talents a little farther “down under”. The three-point assassin has signed with an Australian team in their eight-team national basketball league. The Wollongong Hawks have earned Clarke’s services in what is being called “a stunning NBL coup”.
We all know that if you can’t make a living in the United States playing professional basketball, Europe is another opportunity. Heck, even high school seniors have gone overseas for a season and then declared for the NBA Draft (i.e. Brandon Jennings). The move by Clarke to play in Australia is a little puzzling, but you have to start somewhere right?
After sitting out a year due to NCAA transfer rules, Clarke joined the Butler Bulldogs last season after spending three years at Arkansas. In his lone season, he averaged almost 17 points per game and shot 41% from deep. Clarke lead the Bulldogs to an impressive 27-9 record and a No. 6 seed in the NCAA Tournament. He compiled 115 3-pointers, which is good for second most in Butler history and fifth most in Atlantic–10 history. If you throw in his Arkansas totals, he accumulated 389 career three-point shots and made at least one three-point basket in his last 46 games. Consistency? Check.
While this move may not be a match made in heaven, Clarke can use this opportunity to get him to Europe and land better jobs with better teams. Clarke has the ability to get his shot off in so many ways. He is liable to take that small NBL league by storm. Plus, I hear that Australia isn’t a bad place to be if you are placed there on job assignment. Better work on your accent, mate.