Feb 19, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Butler Bulldogs guard Rotnei Clarke (15) brings the ball upcourt against the Duquesne Dukes at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Butler defeats Duquesne 68-49. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Rotnei Clarke signs professional contract

Last season’s leading scorer at Butler is now officially a professional basketball player. On Wednesday, Rotnei Clarke signed a contract to join the Wollongong Hawks of the NBL in Australia.

“Rotnei has been on the coaches radar for a long-time now, it is great that the negotiations with his management have gone so well that we’ll see him with the Hawks this coming season,” said Hawks General Manager Stuart Wilkinson in the team’s Wednesday release.

After being named as a First-Time All Atlantic 10 member and making over 100 three-point field goals last season, Clarke worked out for a couple of NBA teams, but it seemed that he would always wind up playing professionally overseas.
Now, he is on track to do so. According to the Indystar’s David Woods, he will arrive in Australia in August to begin prepartion for his debut with the Hawks and the beginning of his professional career.
“We are looking forward to Rotnei joining us in Wollongong, bringing him up to speed on our system and getting him ready for his first year in the National Basketball League here in Australia,” said the Hawks’ head coach in the team’s release yesterday.
There is little doubt that Clarke will find a way to fit in in the international game. With his ability to knock down open jumpers, it seems as if he will find a niche on this team that seems very excited to him on board.

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