Rotnei Clarke Still Open

When word started to spread that Oral Roberts coach Scott Sutton had hired Conley Clarke as his director of operations, it also started to get around that Clarke's son, Verdigris High (Okla.) junior guard Rotnei Clarke, was a package deal with his dad. Both father and son are adamant about the fact that isn't the case.

Rotnei Clarke knows what people think.

He's a smart enough kid with nearly all A's on his resume at Verdigris High (Okla.). He understands that when his father was hired by Scott Sutton as Oral Roberts' director of basketball operations, people would start to talk.

The word spread that the 6-foot, 175-pound junior guard, who may be the best perimeter shooter that summer basketball has seen since the days of a guy named J.J. Redick, is part of a package deal for ORU.

No true.

``I'm going to go where I want to go," said Clarke, who has expanded his game and proven he's no longer a one-dimensional shooter. "It was a great opportunity for my dad, but it doesn't mean I'm going to go there."

Clarke has a quick release and has added a dimensional to his game that allows him to put the ball on the floor and finish around the basket.

``I'm a lot more athletic than I was last year," Clarke said. "I also have a lot more ways to score."

Clarke said Oral Roberts among numerous schools he's currently considering in addition to Oklahoma, Arizona State, Marquette, New Mexico, Arkansas, Tulsa, Washington State, USC and Gonzaga.

``I'm not leaning to anyone right now," Clarke said.

All have offered while other schools, most notably Kansas, continue to evaluate his game.

``I've got to follow my heart," Clarke said.

And his heart could take him just about anywhere right now.

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