Clarke Signs 10-Day Contract with Celtics
BOSTON — Former Razorback men’s basketball player Coty Clarke signed a 10-day contract with the Boston Celtics, the NBA team announced on Tuesday morning. Per team policy, terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.
Clarke becomes the fifth #ProHog to make an NBA roster this season, joining Patrick Beverley of the Houston Rockets, Joe Johnson of the Miami Heat, Bobby Portis of the Chicago Bulls and Sonny Weems of the Philadelphia 76ers.
The 6-foot 7-inch forward appeared in 39 games for the Celtics’ NBA Development League affiliate Maine Red Claws this season, averaging 16.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.2 steals in 26 minutes per game.
Clarke shot 50.8 percent from the field, 38.8 percent from three-point range and 79.2 percent from the foul line with the Red Claws. Originally, he was signed to Boston’s training camp roster in the fall and appeared in one game during the 2015-16 preseason.
After graduating from Arkansas in 2014, Clarke spent the 2014-15 season playing for Hapoel Kazrin in Israel, where he posted 19.4 points and 9.4 rebounds per game playing overseas.
In Fayetteville, he averaged 8.6 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.5 steals in 65 contests during his junior and senior seasons. He finished his Razorback career with 26 double-figure scoring games and seven double-digit rebounding games.
Clarke could make his NBA debut on Wednesday, March 9 at 6 p.m. CT against the Memphis Grizzles at TD Garden. The Celtics’ home game will be televised on ESPN.
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