The Gatorade State Boys Basketball Players of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 fall season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.
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THE WINNER: Chase Harler
School: Wheeling Central Catholic (Wheeling, W. Va.)
Weight: 190 pounds
Athletic achievement: He has led the Maroon Knights to a 21-2 record and a berth in the Class A state tournament against Parkersburg Catholic, scheduled for March 17. The state’s returning Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year, Harler currently averages 24.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.4 blocks per game. The USA TODAY American Family Insurance ALL-USA West Virginia Player of the Year, he is also a two-time First Team All-State selection.
Academic excellence: Harler has maintained a 3.96 GPA.
Exemplary character: He has served as a tutor in his school and has volunteered locally on behalf of food-donation drives.
“Harler is the only player I’ve seen this year who can control a game without scoring a lot of points,” said Rob Strcula, head coach at Parkersburg Catholic. “He’s very unselfish and he does what he has to do to help his team win, whether it means he has to score 40 points or 15. He has a very balanced game and he can even take total control at the defensive end of the floor.”
THE FUTURE: Harler has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at West Virginia University this fall.