By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Bringing high expectations
Placeholder Image

Worrel Clahar, who has been playing basketball since before he can remember, finishes with big numbers in every game, putting Alcovy in a position to win each week.

And last week was no different, as the second-year Tigers went 2-0 - in the middle of a five-game winning streak - beating Salem, 45-40, and crosstown rival Eastside, 49-39.

Against the Seminoles, Clahar scored eight points followed by a game-high 15 points against the Eagles.

Based on his performance, Clahar has been selected as the Chick-fil-A Prep Athlete of the Week.

"He is who he is," said Alcovy coach Eugene Brown when asked of his star point guard. "He is Worrel, and right now he has his rhythm, and that makes things easier for everyone."

But what makes this senior, who enjoys playing Xbox 360 and dining at Burger King, any different from other athletes?

Hard work and determination, Worrel says.

"If you practice like you play, and practice hard, you will play hard," said Clahar.

Clahar has been the team captain throughout the entire season, and is looking to take his club even further tonight against Heritage in what should be a closely contested game.

"We have gone through many trials and tribulations 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 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 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.