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Hogs: Clarke earns weekly honor

FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas senior Coty Clarke was named Southeastern Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

The forward was recognized by the conference after leading Arkansas to wins against Kentucky and Georgia. Clarke averaged 17 points and 5 rebounds in the victories, helping Arkansas (20-9, 9-7 in SEC) extend its win streak to five games.

Clarke scored 11 points at Kentucky last Thursday, including seven of Arkansas’ 11 points in overtime. He also grabbed a team-high 7 rebounds in the win, which was Arkansas’ first in Rupp Arena since 1994.

The Birmingham, Ala., native followed it with a career-high, 23-point performance against the Bulldogs. Clarke went 11-for-13 from the free-throw line in the victory, helping Arkansas reach the 20-win mark for the first time since the 2007-08 season.

“He does so many things for our basketball team,” Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said Monday morning. “He has taken a leadership role and now we see him doing a lot more things offensively playing explosive. There is a reason why we recruited this young man coming out of junior college. He is one of the better rebounders in the country. He has a nose for the ball and for the game.

“For him to have the opportunity to be recognized as the player of the week just tells you how good he is playing at this point and juncture with our basketball team.”

Clarke ranks fourth on the team in scoring (9.5 points) this season. He also leads Arkansas in assists (2.4) steals (1.4) and is second in rebounding (6 a game).

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