Wheeling, WV (August 3rd, 2014)
By Dave Ackermann – Senior Staff Writer
I was privileged to speak with the newest 2016 WVU Basketball recruit Chase Harler just minutes ago, and the Wheeling Central junior point guard was genuinely very excited about the WVU offer and his Mountaineer commitment. Harler stated that he has been a Mountaineer fan his whole life and talked with Coach Huggins about three weeks ago discussing his attendance at the WVU elite camp. Huggins told him then that he was excited to get him to camp and that “let’s see if we can make you a Mountaineer”.
Harler stated that Coach Huggins’ comment put him on pins and needles for the past two weeks getting ready for the camp. As he and his parents met with Coach Huggins in his office today, about 12:30 PM, Huggins told him his entire staff was “all-in” on him and made the offer, also stating that when he is ready to commit, they are ready and willing to accept his commitment. Harler stated that “I committed almost immediately as it was my dream come true to become a Mountaineer”.
As a sophomore point guard, the 6’3 – 180 pound Maroon Knight averaged 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists per game. Wheeling Central went 25-3 and finished the season on a 19-game winning streak that led to the WVSSAC Class A State Basketball Championship. Harler also played on the West Virginia Wildcats Select AAU Team this year with teammate and 2015 WVU commit Levi Cook.
As a point guard for Wheeling Central averaging 22 points, having a smooth stroke makes him a candidate for a shooting guard position, but with such flexibility, it’s easy to see Harler as a combo guard in college.
Obviously, Chase has two more years of high school ball and one AAU season remaining, Harler states that “he can’t wait to get to Morgantown and promises to work hard, play hard and do a lot of winning”. Chase is the son of John and Tammy Harler.
BlueGoldSports.com sends their congratulations to Chase Harler on becoming a Mountaineer!
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