Arkansas senior Coty Clarke – playing his best basketball when it counts – was named the SEC's Player of the Week on Monday.
Clarke had a career-high 23 points in the Razorbacks' 87-75 home win over Georgia on Saturday after scoring 7 of his 11 points in overtime Thursday in a 71-67 win at No. 17 Kentucky.
"I was just being aggressive," Clarke said. "I wanted to help my team out and stay in attack mode."
Clarke, avearging 9.5 points and 6.0rebounds, was compared on the to former Razorback Lenzie Howell on Monday's SEC Teleconference.
"That is a pretty good analogy," Anderson said. "It is good to see his emergence. Being a junior college player, I think now he feels a lot more comfortable. He is a glue guy. He does so many things for our basketball team. I think he has taken a leadership role and I think you see him doing a lot more things offensively, playing explosive.
"There is a reason why we recruited this young man coming out of junior college," Anderson added. "He was one of the better rebounders in the country. He just has a nose for the ball and for the game. To see him have an opportunity to be recognized as the player of the week just tells you how good he is playing at this point and juncture for our basketball team."
Clarke and four senior guards – Fred Gulley, Kikko Haydar, Mardracus Wade and Rickey Scott – will be playing their final regular season game Wednesday night when the Razorbacks (20-9, 9-7) host Ole Miss (17-12, 8-8).
The Razorbacks were listed as a No. 10 seed in several NCAA Tournament projections on Monday with Ole Miss on the outside looking in.
"It should be a great, great game and a great, great atmosphere," Anderson said. "It is Senior Night for our players so we are looking forward to that challenege against Ole Miss team that is like everyone else – trying to jockey for position this time of year. We are no different than Ole Miss or anybody else in our conference."
Clarke said both he and his team are playing every game with a sense of urgency.
"Just playing every game like it's our last one," Clarke said. "That's been the motto. We built tremendous depth. A lot of teams can't scout us defensively or offensively because they don't know what we are doing.
"We have got 10 starters basically and we switch our minutes and anyone can come in and give you anything- double figures scoring, double figures rebounds," Clarke said. "It doesn't matter. The mindset is now how you start but how you finish. And you want to be playing your best basketball in March and that's what we have been doing."
The Rebels who have lost 5 of their 6 games and won only 3 of their last 10 - are led by 6-2 senior guard Marshall Henderson (19.2) and 6-3 junior Jarvis Summers (17.2).
Ole Miss has womn four straight times at Bud Walton Arena, including on the last three Senior Days.
"We are facing an Ole Miss team that everyone know is a very explosive team with great guard play with Henderson and I have always been impressed with Jarvis Summers," Anderson said. "I think he is the head of that basketball team and is an outstanding player. "
Clarke Tabbed SEC Player Of Week
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