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June 19, 2013

Butler's Clarke chasing NBA chance

ANDERSON — All Rotnei Clarke wants is an opportunity.

After leading Butler in scoring during his lone season with the Bulldogs and proving himself as one of the most dangerous 3-point shooters in the nation, it doesn’t seem so much to ask.

Clarke has heard all of the reasons he’s not a good fit for the NBA — he’s not tall enough at 6-foot even, he’s not a true point guard, etc. — but he’s steadfast in his belief there is a place for him in the league.

“I think every team needs a shooter,” he said Tuesday at Anderson Country Club. “And I think I’m a guy that can come in and put points on the board. I’m trying to work on doing other things as well, getting my teammates involved and making plays for other people.

“Like I said yesterday to some of the media (during a workout) at the (Indiana) Pacers, I believe I have a role. Whether that’s playing two minutes, whether it’s playing 10 minutes, I’m realistic. I’m not saying I’m going to come in and be a starter and play significant minutes in the NBA, but I do believe I have a role somewhere.”

Clarke was in Anderson as part of the 29th annual Children’s Clinic Golf Classic. The event serves as a fundraiser for the St. John’s Children’s Clinic and took in more than $70,000 this year.

Clarke got involved after a conversation with tournament host Brian Hammons on Twitter. And he saw the event as another way to connect with his second home of central Indiana.

“It’s cool to be able to come out here and give back to the community, and it’s an awesome cause,” he said. “And I knew if I had a chance, I wanted to be a part of it. So that’s why I came out.”

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