Q&A with Arkansas' Rotnei Clarke


Published: Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 4:15 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 4:15 p.m.

Q&A with Arkansas sophomore guard Rotnei Clarke.

How did you learn how to shoot a basketball?

I've probably had a ball in my hands since I was a little kid. My dad mainly, he was the one who worked on my form ever since I was young. Then in high school, my uncle was the coach (at Verdigris, Okla., High School). He had keys to the gym. In high school I had a routine of taking 500 shots a day."

Is it true that you once made 94 out of 100 3-pointers during a high-school workout?

Yeah, I did. It was in front of (former Arkansas coach Stan) Heath. It was pretty cool. It was just one of those days when everything was falling.

Who are some of the shooters that you've tried to emulate?

Seth Curry, Chris Lofton, J.J. Redick — just their form and how they are able to come off screens.

What does it mean to have your team back at full strength heading into SEC play?

It means a lot especially getting (point guard) Courtney (Fortson) back. He gives us a completely different look with his speed. He puts our whole team into another gear.

Tell us something about your coach, John Pelphrey, that people might not otherwise know?

He's a great coach but he's even a better person. From the star players to the walk-ons to the student managers, he treats everyone the same. It's a big reason why I decided to come to Arkansas, because of the kind of person that he is.

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