Rothstein | Brandon Clarke granted permission to seek transfer

San Jose State's Brandon Clarke (15) moves the ball around Boise State's Zach Haney (11) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Boise, Idaho, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017. Boise State won 85-78. (AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger)
AP Photo/Otto Kitsinger

San Jose State has granted Brandon Clarke permission to speak with other programs regarding a transfer, a source told FanRag Sports.

A 6-8 forward from Phoenix, who was due to be a junior in 2017-18, Clarke averaged 17.3 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 2.3 assists per game for the Spartans last season. Clarke, who notably led the Spartans in all four of those statistical categories, was named to the Mountain West’s first team all-conference and all-defensive teams after his sophomore season.

Clarke shot 59.2 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from three-point range last season, a campaign that included a career-high 36 points scored in a win at Air Force. In that game Clark was 16-for-22 from the field while also tallying five rebounds, five assists and five blocked shots. As a freshman Clarke averaged 8.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game, earning Mountain West Sixth Man of the Year honors at season’s end. Clarke was the first freshman to win the award, which was first given out in 2009, in the conference’s history.

The possible loss of Clarke is a tough blow for new head coach Jean Prioleau to absorb at this point in the offseason. Prioleau, who was previously an assistant on Tad Boyle’s staff at Colorado, was hired by San Jose State earlier this month. Dave Wojcik resigned as San Jose State head coach in early July due to personal reasons.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.

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