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Report: Top Scorer Clarke Asks For Release From Arkansas

On June 1st, folks in the Ozarks were wondering if Mike Anderson was going to have too many players and not enough scholarships on his first Arkansas basketball team.

Things have changed.

Glenn Bryant (who’s transferring to Eastern Michigan) and Jeff Peterson have left the program in the last two weeks.  The eligibility of incoming Top 100 recruit Aaron Ross is now in question.  And the Hogs leading scorer from a year ago might be on his way out, too.

According to Shawn Arnell of The Arkansas Radio Network, long-distance gunner Rotnei Clarke has asked for his release from Arkansas.  Yesterday, UA officials refused to comment on the report.  But on Wednesday, Clarke’s father had asked “not really” when asked by the media if his son was planning to transfer.

However, Clarke has asked for a release previously.  He did so when John Pelphrey was fired, before Anderson was hired.

Clarke has started 91 of his 92 games in Fayetteville, averaged 15.2 points per game last year and holds the school record with 51 points in a 2009-10 game against Alcorn State.

Clearly, Clarke is one of the best shooters in the Southeastern Conference and he’s also the kind of player others rally around.  Losing Clarke would be a gut shot to Anderson’s first Razorback squad.

Stay tuned…

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Run Sparks Arkansas Win

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Arkansas used a 25-0 run late in the first half to take the lead and the Razorbacks never trailed again in a 109-74 exhibition win over Victory University on Thursday.

The run gave Arkansas a 45-31 lead after trailing by as many as 11 points in the first half. The stretch lasted 5 minutes, 59 seconds, with 10 different Razorbacks scoring at least one basket.

Rotnei Clarke’s 3-pointer gave the Hogs their first lead of the game at 34-31. Playing in his first game of the preseason, Clarke scored a team-high 17 points.

Glenn Bryant added 15 points and eight rebounds, while Julysses Nobles (13), Michael Sanchez (11) and Delvon Johnson (11) each scored in double-figures.

Arkansas was without Marshawn Powell, who continues to come back slowly from a broken foot suffered in August. Powell had been used in a limited role in the Razorbacks’ exhibition last weekend.

Arkansas hit 43 of 87 shots on the night. The Razorbacks added 21 offensive rebounds and 32 forced turnovers – 23 of which came on steals.

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