Little-known Clarke could be big hit for Arkansas

BY foxsports • October 13, 2009

It didn't take long for the former or the current Arkansas coaches to be sold on Rotnei Clarke.

Shortly after ex-Razorbacks coach Stan Heath watched Clarke put on a shooting exhibition in which he made 25 straight shots from beyond the arc and 94 of 100 overall from long range, the scholarship offer was on the table.

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Then when John Pelphrey took over in Fayetteville, his first glimpse of Clarke was more than enough.

"I just got the job and hadn't ever seen him play," recalled Pelphrey. "I had heard he could really shoot it, but I don't get all that carried away when people tell me that. But he ripped off a run where he hit eight, nine, 10 in a row — literally right after he walked onto the floor."

Pelphrey walked right over to Clarke's uncle, Kelly, who was also his high school coach at Verdigris High (Okla.).

"I'll take him right now," Pelphrey said.

Now that Stephen Curry and Jimmy Baron ('s top two long distance shooters prior to last season) have left the college ranks, Clarke ranks as numero uno on's list of the top 50 shooters in the country.

"There's nobody better," Pelphrey said. "No one."

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