It would be in Rotnei Clarke’s best interest to stay at Arkansas and complete his college basketball career in a Razorbacks’ uniform.
The sharp-shooting guard from Verdigris will be the leader of the Hogs going into the 2011-12 season under first-year head coach Mike Anderson.
Rumors circulated Wednesday and a story appeared in today’s Tulsa World that Clarke was unhappy at Arkansas and was considering not returning for his senior year.
According to his uncle Kelly (Clarke) in the Tulsa World, Clarke’s unhappiness in Arkansas was due to the Razorbacks’ lack of discipline and structure under former coach John Pelphrey.
In Clarke’s three years in Fayetteville, the Razorbacks are 46-47 overall and 16-32 in the Southeastern Conference wth no postseason NCAA tournament appearances.
In my opinion, transferring out would not be the right choice for Clarke. Unfortunately, it’s Clarke’s decision and as a true Razorback fan, I’ll support it and remember him as a great leader that always did the right thing.
Unhappiness aside, if it’s true, Clarke should see that today is a new day in Razorback men’s basketball. The “Fastest 40 minutes of basketball” is returning to Bud Walton Arena.
Anderson needs Clarke just as much as Clarke needs Anderson.
The senior-to-be guard will see his role increase in Anderson’s fast-pace offense and his statistics will emulate the days of him scoring 25-30 points a game for the Verdigris Cardinals.
Right now, feelings may be on edge within the Clarke family with the recent firing and direction of the Arkansas men’s basketball program.
But be patient. The best is yet to come.
The exciting times of the 90’s are returning to Fayetteville and Arkansas basketball is fixing to be the talk of the nation once again.
Anderson spent 17 years in Arkansas under former legendary head coach Nolan Richardson and helped guide the Razorbacks to a NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball National Championship in 1994.
Coach Anderson’s first recruit and most important one at this point in the early days of accepting the Arkansas coaching position is getting Clarke to stay in cardinal red and white.
Clarke ... we need you in Arkansas.
Once a Hog, always a Hog!