Harler is WVU’s first 2016 basketball commitment

Wheeling Central’s Chase Harler has become West Virginia’s first commitment to the basketball recruiting class of 2016.

Harler, a 6-foot-3 guard who averaged 22 points per game as a sophomore, scored 30 in the Maroon Knights’ state championship game win over Charleston Catholic, nine in the decisive second overtime.

“I am EXTREMELY proud to say that I am verbally committed to West Virginia University! I cannot wait to become a Mountaineer! #HailWV,’’ Harler said on Twitter Sunday.

Harler had been offered previously by Marshall and a handful of other schools, but said he was waiting for an offer from WVU coach Bob Huggins. When he got it he accepted.

If and when he signs, Harler could be the third straight highly-rated West Virginia prospect to sign with WVU. Nathan Adrian played as a freshman last year and former Liberty Raleigh standout and current Huntington Prep player Levi Cook is committed to the 2015 class.

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