Hawks star Rotnei Clarke weds in the US

Wollongong Hawks Rotnei Clarke with new bride Patricia.

Wollongong Hawks Rotnei Clarke with new bride Patricia.

Hawks import Rotnei Clarke tied the knot with his long-term partner Patricia in the US last weekend. 

The pair met during Clarke’s playing days at the University of Arkansas before becoming engaged in May last year.

Clarke became a cult hero with the Wollongong Hawks last season, leading the club the playoffs, where they lost to eventual champions Perth.

Wollongong Hawks player Rotnei Clarke with new bride Patricia. Picture: ROBERT PEET

Wollongong Hawks player Rotnei Clarke with new bride Patricia. Picture: ROBERT PEET

The guard also won the league MVP in his first season with the Hawks, averaging 20.2 points per game to guide Wollongong to an unlikely semi-finals birth.

He is yet to sign the dotted line on a second season with the club, however, Clarke has expressed a desire to return.

Clarke was asked if he wanted to stay with the Hawks, his first professional club after a storied high school and college career in the US.

"Definitely," he said in February.

‘‘It’s not only me now, I have a fiancee (now wife) back home. The most important thing is for her to feel comfortable. Australia’s a great place and she loved Wollongong when she came down and didn’t want to leave, so I could definitely see myself coming back.

"It’s comfortable and it kind of feels like America. I think it’d be better if we were in an English-speaking country. It’ll make it a little easier."

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