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Jordan Clarkson leaving Tulsa; will be prize for some school

Apr 17, 2012, 10:16 PM EST

Jordan Clarkson, Philip Jurick AP

Danny Manning’s first season at Tulsa just got more difficult.

The Golden Hurricanes will grant Jordan Clarkson’s request for a transfer, leaving them without their best player and leading scorer.

According to the Tulsa World, Clarkson will be released to a limited number of schools, which most likely cuts out any Conference USA schools and in-state rivals such as Oklahoma State. But the rest of the Big 12 seems likely, including Texas. He’ll have to sit out a season per transfer rules. (UPDATE: Tulsa will reportedly only allow Clarkson to talk to Vandy, Colorado and TCU. If true, this is patently unfair.)

He’ll be a welcome addition to the school that lands him.

The 6-4 sophomore was Tulsa’s leading scorer (16.5 ppg) and did it while taking nearly 30 percent of Tulsa’s shots while on the floor and did it efficiently, too.  He also hit double figures in every one of Tulsa’s final 28 games, making him an easy call for all-league. He was the school’s youngest first-team selection since 1995.

That’s the kind of player who’ll have an instant impact no matter where he lands.

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