The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update


June 19, 2013

Butler's Clarke chasing NBA chance


Clarke first made his name at Veridigris High School in Claremore, Okla., setting the state scoring record. He chose the University of Arkansas from more than 50 scholarship offers and set a Southeastern Conference record with 13 3-pointers in a single game.

After a coaching change, Clarke transferred to Butler and sat out the 2011-12 season. He helped the Bulldogs return to the NCAA tournament last season by averaging a team-high 16.9 points per game and shooting 40.8 percent from 3-point range.

Butler’s season ended in the second round with an overtime loss against Marquette.

“Obviously it was tough how it ended,” he said. “We definitely thought we could have made a deeper run than what we did. But, you know, I came to Butler to be around good teammates, be around good people and the best coaching staff in the country at the college level.

“One of my goals coming to Butler was to make it to the NCAA tournament (which hadn’t happened at Arkansas), and we did that. We won a game, and, like I said, it’s tough that we didn’t get farther, deeper into it. But it was an awesome experience and don’t regret the decision at all.”

Now Clarke waits to see what the next step will be.

He’s unlikely to be drafted later this month and likely will need to earn a spot on a summer league roster as a ticket into the NBA. From there, he’s hoping to make it into some team’s training camp and prove he deserves a place on the bench during the regular season.

At least one of Clarke’s Butler teammates, former Pendleton Heights star Kellen Dunham, believes he belongs at the next level.

“There are a lot of teams in the NBA with a lot of great players,” Dunham said. “But every team needs a good shooter. There’s always room for an exceptional player like Rot.”

Text Only
  • SPT - HB0730 - Colts recap art 1 Looking back at Week 1 of Colts Camp

    The first week of Indianapolis Colts training camp has ended at Anderson University, and the players received their first day off Tuesday. Practice resumes today with the daily morning walkthrough followed by a public session scheduled to begin at 1:50 p.m. With the team's preseason debut at the New York Jets just eight days away, here's a look at three things that have stood out since the Colts hit campus on July 23.

    July 30, 2014 3 Photos

  • SPL - PT072314 - PT Ken de la Bastide column - column sig Ken de la Bastide: Good racing across the board

    This past weekend I got to witness four pretty good races at three different venues in central Indiana, none of them disappointed.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0729 - Andrew Luck - JC 4.JPG Colts Quick Hits: Tuesday, July 29

    Notes,news and fun facts from Colts Training Camp at Anderson University on Monday.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0729 - Colt Anderson - JC 2 Anderson hopes to make name with Colts

    Defensive coordinator Greg Manusky was the first person Colt Anderson saw upon reporting to Anderson University last Wednesday. And he couldn't resist making the obvious connection. "Colt Anderson's a Colt ... in Anderson," Manusky said as a way of greeting the new Indianapolis Colts safety to training camp.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - HB0729 - Chris Rainey - DK Colts release RB Rainey

    Just two days after earning praise for his playmaking ability from head coach Chuck Pagano, running back Chris Rainey was waived by the Indianapolis Colts on Monday morning. The news was broken in a press release around 8:30 a.m. and later confirmed by Pagano during an afternoon session with the media.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0729 - Andrew Luck - JC 1 Luck still learning

    Wind chill estimates put the temperature at 59 degrees Monday morning at Anderson University. During one stretch of his fifth training camp practice of the year, however, it likely felt much colder to Andrew Luck.

    July 28, 2014 3 Photos

  • Lions star plays in national tourneys Liberty Christian senior Chris Nunn, a three-year starting guard for the Lions and Indiana Class Basketball Junior All-Star, took his talents on the road this summer,competing in back-to-back tournaments with his AAU travel team, Team Progeny.

    July 28, 2014

  • SPT - HB0729 - Colts practice - JC 046a.jpg Colts Camp Update: ESPN's in town

    The first week of practice at Anderson University wrapped up Monday morning with the Indianapolis Colts working out from 9 a.m. to noon.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0728 - Colts Camp - Castonzo 2 - 278 Castonzo comfortable with Colts' changing O-line

    For all the changes along the offensive line the past three seasons, Anthony Castonzo has been the lone constant. He joined a veteran group anchored by center Jeff Saturday in 2011, was part of a remodeled unit in 2012 and became a mainstay at left tackle for all 16 games last year.

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • SPT - HB0728 - Colts Camp - Allen 1 - 290 Colts' offense adapting to new arsenal

    Third-year tight end Dwayne Allen suffered a season-opening hip injury in Week 1 against the Oakland Raiders, then watched as left guard Donald Thomas, running backs Vick Ballard and Ahmad Bradshaw and wide receiver Reggie Wayne also exited the lineup over the next six weeks. It left offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton scrambling to come up with new ways to attack defenses with an ever-changing cast of characters.

    July 27, 2014 2 Photos

Latest Sports Photos

Click here to browse and buy photos from The Herald Bulletin

Latest Racing News