Caraher excelling during transition

David Caraher is a skilled, instinctive player at Chapel Hill (N.C.) High, and despite being a sophomore he already holds significant college interest.

Just shy of two years into his high school career, David Caraher already has notched a place for himself within North Carolina. The 6-6, 195-pound combo forward has competed at various state events and been highly productive at Chapel Hill.

Caraher leads his team in points, rebounds and assists, and he’s working hard to develop into a full-time wing. Presently a combo forward right now who can play inside or out, he aims to become a perimeter performer in college.

His game includes skillful passing and ballhandling, and he’s a clever scorer around the rim who competes with flair. Now stronger than he was a year ago, one Big East program has jumped ahead of the pack and is showing heavy interest.

Butler is the clear frontrunner,” Caraher said. “The coaching staff has made a big impact on me and my family.”

So much of an impact, in fact, that Caraher’s parents visited Butler this past weekend — and David wasn’t even in tow.

”I visited (Butler) in December but had a scheduling conflict this time,” Caraher said. “But my parents went up Friday and watched practice, and then they watched the Villanova game.”

The Bulldogs hold the lead, but they aren’t the only ones in contention.

”Wake (Forest) has come down twice,” Caraher said, “and UVa has gotten into the picture.”

In terms of offers, the list includes Charlotte, Appalachian State, Houston-Baptist and Radford. From that perspective, then, Caraher will continue to work over the next six months to compel his additional suitors into offering as well.

”I think Coach Holtmann is just trying to find himself and get his feet under him,” Caraher said. “Wake and Virginia want to see how much taller I get and how the transition goes to the wing.”

Clearly, making a convincing move to the perimeter would further boost Caraher’s stock among coaches. A 6-6 wing typically holds more appeal than a 6-6 power forward, though as mentioned above he’s a combo forward, not a fourman. Caraher already possesses some of the ball skills needed for the wing, and now he’s working on the rest.

”I’m getting into the weightroom, my dad has his own gym and is a strength and conditioning coach,” he said. “I’m going to play with Team United in the EYBL and hopefully can get invited to events like the Elite 100."

He added that he'll blend his time with the Team United 16s and 17s. We’ll closely track Caraher’s progress this spring and summer.

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