Clarke continues impressive play in Vegas

Rotnei Clarke was nursing a shoulder in his first game with Team Texas in Las Vegas' Main Event Tournament against the Menifee Wildcats. That didn't stop him from shooting 11 three pointers – in the first half! He made four, but was the major factor in a nice opening win for Team Texas.

Rotnei Clarke was nursing a shoulder in his first game with Team Texas in Las Vegas' Main Event Tournament against the Menifee Wildcats. That didn't stop him from shooting 11 three pointers – in the first half! He made four, but was the major factor in a nice opening win for Team Texas.

Despite the sore shoulder, Rotnei helped his Team Texas team overcome an early deficit to win going away. Rotnei's size, closely cropped hair and two handed squared-up outside shot is vaguely reminiscent of Kentucky's Patrick Sparks, though the similarities don't stretch much beyond that.

Clarke has a soft, floating shot and allows the rim the opportunity to be a little friendly for shots that are slightly off. One such shot softly bounced around the rim for several seconds before dropping through the net to give Team Texas its first lead at 22-20.

Rotnei has a reputation of being a shooter, but his skills go considerably beyond that. On a number of occasions, Clarke finished on the break with confidence and was able to create a good looking shot off the dribble. He even got a "wow" from the crowd with one hanging, adjusting-in-midair shots.

After the game, two fans decked out in Kentucky Wildcats attire, approached Clarke to congratulate him on a great effort with a bad shoulder, "It's just crazy, these Kentucky fans," Clarke said, "I mean that in a good way. It's just amazing how

"Through my sophomore year, I was pretty much a straight up set-shot shooter from the outside," Clarke added, "but I have been really working on my game. I can do a lot of stuff off the dribble, pull up or finish, so I have added some variety to my game."

Clarke and his teammates, which include Kentucky commitment K.C. Ross-Miller and Wildcats target Willie Warren, drew a huge crowd at Cox Pavilion on the UNLV campus. UK Assistant Jeremy Cox was on hand to see the game, along with Mark Few of Gonzaga, Jim Calapari of Memphis, Sean Sutton of Oklahoma, Matt Doherty and coaches from New Mexico, Oral Roberts, Arkansas, Arizona State and Tulsa among others.

Clarke originally intended to make a decision in August but now appears to be in a minor back pedal mode, "I would love to make a final decision in August but I am not sure I can. If I do, that's great but I will be prepared to stretch it to November if that is necessary."

He was just in Fayetteville last week and that visit impressed him, "Hey, it was a great visit. I have to consider them," Clarke said. Clarke once again downplayed the "package deal" possibility with Willie Warren, but even his dad acknowledges that they get along great, play well with each other and regularly look for each other while on the playing floor, "It's pretty obvious," Conley Clarke said, "they really do well together and enjoy each other's company."

Clarke said he was taking an official visit to Gonzaga and Arizona State and is trying to arrange a visit to UK's Midnight Madness.


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