Matt Jones is the online sports director for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. A two-time graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, and voter for the Biletnikoff Award.
Clarke, Abron off to hot starts post-Arkansas
Butler guard Rotnei Clarke (15) and his teammates celebrates Clarke's 3-point shot in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 19, 2012, in Lahaina, Hawaii. Clarke's last-second 3-pointer gave Butler a 72-71 win. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)
FAYETTEVILLE A pair of former Arkansas basketball players seem to have found good fits in their new homes.
Guard Rotnei Clarke (Butler) and forward Devonta Abron (TCU) are off to good starts this season - the first for both since transferring from the Razorbacks. Clarke had to sit out last season, while Abron - Arkansas' leading rebounder a year ago - received immediately eligibility to play this year.
Clarke made headlines and highlight reels Monday with a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer of Butler's game against Marquette in the Maui Invitational. He followed that performance up with 17 points in an upset win over No. 9 North Carolina on Tuesday, helping place the Bulldogs in the tournament championship game against Illinois.
In four games this season, Clarke is averaging a team-high 16.2 points per game and is hitting 37.8 percent of his shots from beyond the arc. In three seasons at Arkansas, Clarke made 274 attempts from 3-point range, which ranks second at the school.
Abron, who spent one season with the Razorbacks, recorded his first career double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds in a 2-point win over Navy on Tuesday. Abron is averaging 6.4 points and 6.2 rebounds per game this season for the Horned Frogs.