Clahar Brings Swagger to DePaul

DePaul coach Oliver Purnell moved at the 11th hour to add depth at point guard to his roster for the coming season. In this report, we talk in-depth with the newest member of the Blue Demons - Worrel Clahar.

Worrel Clahar, a 6-0, 180 lb. point guard, comes to DePaul from the South having spent two years at Lawson State junior college in Alabama after graduating from Alcovy High School in Covington, Georgia. But when you talk with Clahar, you realize that he's not a southern guy at all. He's got pure New York swagger.

Clahar originally hails from New York City and is the latest in a long line of point guards to come to DePaul from New York. Worrel is more than familiar with DePaul's basketball history.

"I know Rod Strickland, he went to Oak Hill and DePaul," Clahar said of one of the greatest point guards in DePaul history.

Clahar originally verbally committed to Texas Southern in January.

"I didn't sign with Texas Southern because there was something going on with the NCAA stemming from their football program and fell over to the basketball program," said Clahar. "They are trying to clean everything up. I didn't want to have anything to do with that because that was something that came along before I even got there. I wasn't certain where the program was going to be next year."

Even though, Clahar was uncommitted, there was little news that he was available this summer.

"The thing was, no one knew," Clahar said on being uncommitted. "All the previous schools that were recruiting me didn't know. There were no articles saying that I was uncommitted."

One person who did know that Clahar was available was DePaul assistant coach Billy Garrett. When the Blue Demons found out they were losing point guard Shane Larkin to transfer in August, one of their first calls went out to Clahar.

"Coach (Billy) Garrett knows my coaches," said Worrel. "My coach told him that he had the right player that would fit the right style of play and would help you guys get to the next level. Next thing I knew, I got a call from Coach Garrett when I was at one of my summer league games in New York City. "

If Clahar is anything like the past point guards that came to DePaul from New York before him, the Blue Demons will be in great shape.

"I'm pesky and feisty," said Clahar. "I get to the rim. I am a fairly well three ball shooter. I have a nice mid-range game. I handle the ball really well. I'm a slasher and really aggressive. I led the conference in steals and assists both years I was there."

At Lawson State last season, Clahar averaged 12.2 points per game while shooting 48.4% from the floor, 48% on 3-pointers, and 77.2% from the free throw line. He dished out seven assists per game and averaged 3.9 steals per game. Clahar was named first team all-conference in 2011 in the Alabama Community College Conference.

Clahar has studied all the great point guards and models his game after them.

"I compare my game to Chris Paul, but I probably jump like Nate Robinson," said Worrel. "I've got a 43-inch vertical leap."

For now, Clahar is packing his bags for Chicago and getting ready to move into his new dorm room over the Labor Day Weekend. Classes at DePaul begin on Wednesday.

"I'll be there on Sunday," said Worrel.


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