The state of West Virginia has produced some very good basketball prospects over recent years. Wheeling Central guard Chase Harler may be the next to add his name to that list. Harler was able to sign his letter of intent yesterday officially making him the newest Mountaineer and he couldn’t be happier about the opportunity. “It’s an unbelievable feeling that I was able to sign on the first day. I committed on the first day that I could so I made it a point to sign on the first day as well.”
Harler, a 6’3 170 lbs. shooting guard, has established quite the reputation for being one of, if not the best, shooter in the state but there’s more to his game than that. “I think that people underestimate my athleticism, which allows me to get to rim. Along with that I feel that I can score from anywhere on the court which is big no matter what level of basketball you play at.”
While Harler has the reputation for his offense, his defense is another area that he feels he doesn’t get enough credit for. “Our coach at Wheeling Central preaches the importance of continuing to improve our defense which I feel while help me in the full court press that WVU plays. I know that it will be a new challenge, both mentally and physically, but I feel that I am ready to step in and contribute.”
The relationship that Harler has built during his visits at WVU is another important part of Harler’s decision to commit to WVU. ” Coach Huggins and I have a great relationship. We talk every chance that I get to go to Morgantown so it’s great to have that type of relationship with your future coach. I can’t wait to play for him next season.”
In addition to his relationship with Coach Huggins, Harler has been able to build a relationship with current and incoming players as well. “James (Bolden), Nathan (Adrian), and Treyvon (Myers) have all stood out to me when I get the chance to visit with the players. I play AAU basketball with Macjei (Bender) so we have built a good relationship both on and off the court and I have only met Sags a few times but we get along well.”
The aspect that excites Harler the most about signing his official letter of intent today is that he gets to represent the state of West Virginia. “Everything about the opportunity to represent the state of West Virginia excites me. I have always taken pride in this state even before I committed to WVU.”
This type of attitude continues to show the new philosophy that Bob Huggins and his staff are trying to instill in their players. Chase Harler seems to have bought in and is ready to make the state of West Virginia proud.