By Michael Almonte
Rotnei Clarke, 6’0, Senior, Guard, Butler Bulldogs
Rotnei Clarke has established himself this college basketball season as one of the best three-point shooters in the nation helping the No. 13 Butler Bulldogs race to a 15-2 record. The senior is having a great year averaging 16.3 PPG, shooting 41% from the field, 44% from the three-point line and 83% from the free-throw line. Clark has scored in double-figures in 12 games and connected with at least three three-pointers in 12 contests. Clark was at his best when the Bulldogs stunned No. 1 Indiana on December 15 going 5-11 from behind the arc scoring 19 points in an 88-86 win in overtime over the Hoosiers. Clarke will find himself an NBA team next season because of his great shooting ability looking to begin a solid pro career next year.
Kelly Olynyk, 7’0, Junior, Forward, Gonzaga Bulldogs
Kelly Olynyk is making people aware the No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs have a legitimate shot to make the Final Four and cut down the nets come April. Olynyk is having a great season scoring 18.1 PPG, 6.7 RPG, shooting 66% field and 80% from the free-throw line. The junior has scored in double-figures in 12 straight games helping the Bulldogs claim a 16-1 record. A brilliant performance during March Madness going up against great competition will enhance his NBA Draft stock if he decides to enter the draft.
College basketball fans will have an opportunity to see both ballers this Saturday night on ESPN at 9:00 PM EST when Gonzaga travels to historical Hinkle Fieldhouse to battle with Butler in matchup of the Bulldogs. These two teams could see each other again in the NCAA tournament.