'08 guard to take official to UK

One of the top combo guards in the 2008 class now has an official offer from the Kentucky Wildcats in hand and will be taking an official trip to Lexington this fall.

Guard Rotnei Clarke recently received an offer from UK and the Big Blue Nation has been talking about the Oklahoma prospect.

At 6-0, 170-pounds, Clarke has the ability to play either point guard or shooting guard at the college level. He said Coach Billy Gillispie has been recruiting him primarily as a point guard, and he reports that the new Kentucky coach is impressed with his game.

"A lot of people look at me as just a pure shooter," said Clarke, a rising senior at Verdigris High School in Claremore, OK. "I've worked pretty hard to expand my game. I can play either guard position and I'm getting better every day. Now I can get to the hole easier than I could in the past. I can hit the floater and I can hit the shot off the pull up well. My mid-range game has improved a lot."

Clarke plans on attending the NBA Skills camp in June, before attending camps hosted by Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. There are several schools other than Kentucky in the hunt for Clarke.

"Other than UK, I'm hearing from Oklahoma, Tulsa, Arizona State, Gonzaga, New Mexico and Marquette," he said. "That's what my offer list looks like. I was definitely excited to get that offer from Kentucky. That's an elite program, and for a lot of guys it's their dream school. At first they were just sending me letters, but I finally talked to Coach Gillispie on the phone. They've texted me and kept up a variety of ways since then. I'll definitely be taking an official visit to UK."

Clarke has already scored more than 2,000 points for Verdigris, and he has committed himself to making at least 500 shots per day. He also holds a 4.0 grade point average. Do the Cats lead for the Oklahoma scorer?

"Kentucky is a school that's definitely high on my list, but I don't think I have any favorites right now," he said. "I'm going to go to all my camps this summer. By the end of July I should be able to make my decision or narrow my list down to about five schools."

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