Like his brother Fusilli Jerry, Rotini Clarke has been defying expectations since childbirth. Born on July 20, 1989 to parents Penne and Ziti Clarke, Rotini made a name for himself as a sharpshooter with an uncanny ability to twist out of double teams, thanks in large part to his tight helix shape.
Look familiar? Clarke was heavily recruited by Kentucky under Billy Gillispie. When asked what he thought Clarke would bring to the team, Gillispie said he like the guard’s “tough and gritty play,” along with the fact that he “kinda looks like a corkscrew.”
Clarke is the type of player that can create problems for the Cats if he gets hot, much like Vanderbilt’s John Jenkins did a few weeks ago. Rotini is Arkansas’ leading scorer and is a dangerous outside threat, hitting 44% from behind the arc. Particularly impressive is Clarke’s range; he can shoot the ball from deep and has an incredibly quick release. The Cats will need to guard Clarke closely to keep his play from boiling over.
I hope DeAndre Liggins has his slotted spoon ready. Go Cats.