Cla­har: Lead­ing in the present to play hoops at the next level

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this year with in­juries,” said Brown, “but it has pre­pared us for the tour­na­ment. Wor­rel and the rest of the team have been able to over­come this ad­ver­sity and are com­ing to­gether at the right time.”

For Cla­har, there is no pres­sure.

“Just like last year our team is ca­pa­ble of be­ing one of the best teams in the re­gion,” stated Cla­har. “We have all the right tools to win a cham­pi­onship.”

Should the sea­son end and Cla­har doesn’t cap­ture that ti­tle af­ter all, it will not be the con­clu­sion of his ca­reer, he will pre­pare to take his game to the next level.

Af­ter years of hard work, play­ing both school and A.A.U. bas­ket­ball, Cla­har says he is ready to test his skills at the col­le­giate level, as he is be­ing looked at by schools such as Ole Miss, Ten­nessee Tech, Cal State Bak­ers­field, Alabama State and oth­ers.

“I would love to go to col­lege and play bas­ket­ball for a school,” said Cla­har. “I’m in­tel­li­gent, hard work­ing and a good lis­tener. I will do what­ever it takes to get the job done.”

De­spite know­ing that things will be much dif­fer­ent at the col­le­giate level, Cla­har

“H e is who he is. He is Wor­rel, and right now he has his rhythm, and that makes things eas­ier for ev­ery­one.”

ac­knowl­edges that he’s used to putting in the ef­fort. And Brown couldn’t agree more.

“He runs hard, plays hard and goes through the drills hard,” said Brown. “He is a nat­u­ral leader, and when he goes we go.”

Al­though Cla­har is not cur­rently be­ing scouted by the big­gest univer­si­ties just yet, he hasn’t given up hope.

“I would love to play in the Big East, es­pe­cially some­where like Pitts­burgh,” ex­claimed Cla­har. “I have liked them for a long time. Grow­ing up I was al­ways a Pitts­burgh fan.”

Should he con­tinue to play at the level he is en­ter­ing the re­gion tour­na­ment, ev­ery­thing will even­tu­ally pan out.

“If I can get him into Pitt, that would be great,” ad­mit­ted Brown. “But no mat­ter where he goes, he is go­ing to be a great player and a great as­set to their team.”

Al­though coaches, par­ents and friends have high ex­pec­ta­tions for Cla­har, he is a tad

— Eu­gene Brown Boys Bas­ket­ball Coach, Al­covy High School

more mod­est, look­ing at the big­ger pic­ture in gen­eral.

“I want to go to col­lege to get a good ed­u­ca­tion and to make my­self a bet­ter per­son,” said Cla­har. “And if the bas­ket­ball thing doesn’t work out, I will get my busi­ness de­gree work­ing on com­put­ers. I see my­self in a suit and tie work­ing be­hind a desk any­way.”

So as his se­nior year winds down, Cla­har pre­pares for the tough sit­u­a­tions that lie ahead of him.

A bright kid who once broke his leg in mid­dle school play­ing foot­ball, forced to play strictly bas­ket­ball by his mother, is now pur­su­ing his dream of one day mak­ing it to the big stage.

CLA­HAR

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