Clover talks at Reebok Breakout

The Philadelphia area is well-represented at this week’s Reebok Breakout Challenge, a national high school showcase event being held at Philadelphia University. St. Joe’s Prep (PA) junior guard Chris Clover is one of the more well-regarded 2015 recruits in the region. Hawk Hill Hardwood spoke with him about the event and his recruitment following an afternoon game yesterday.

The Reebok Breakout Challenge is a national invite-only events, but unique also in the sense that players could earn a spot at camp with a strong performance at regional camps. St. Joe’s Prep (PA) shooting guard Chris Clover is one of a handful of local products to get an invite to camp, along with 2015 Penn State commit Mike Watkins, 2015 Math, Civics, and Sciences (PA) guard Samir Doughty, 2015 Constitution (PA) combo forward Ahmad Gilbert, and several others.

On Thursday, Clover ran with his team’s “first team,” playing quarters one and three. He played alongside Cincinnati commit Justin Jennifer, USC commit Chimezie Metu, and elite 2016 wing Terence Ferguson.

In a Thursday afternoon game, Chris was relatively quiet, knocking down one of four from three and finishing with 5 points. Despite a quiet outing, he showed off a college-ready body and ability as a secondary ball-handler. Following the loss, I spoke with Chris.

“It’s been a great experience,” Clover said about playing at Reebok alongside, and against, a plethora of high major recruits. “Everything about it’s been exciting.”

Chris Clover began his career at The Prep playing predominately in the post due to sharing the court with current Notre Dame guard Steve Vasturia and current Wake Forest guard Miles Overton. With those two in the backcourt, Chris typically played in the post. He has now transitioned fully to the wing, and he views those early years for Speedy Morris as beneficial.

“Playing all positions (at The Prep) helped, so playing outside now is no big deal,” Chris stated. And it shows in his game. While Chris projects as a 2 or 3 at the college level, he is willing to mix it up inside, rebounds well for a guard, and also sees the floor well.

Chris runs with Philly Pride on the AAU circuit, and his strong play with them last summer and again this spring, combined with his play in the Philadelphia Catholic League, has attracted plenty of recruiting attention.

“St. Joe’s offered a while back and they’ve been really active. I visited there and Coach Phil told me I’m their number one guy. He said they really love me. They’ve been showing the most love,” Chris explained.

St. Joe’s isn’t the only local school vying for his services. “I took a visit to Villanova which was good,” Chris stated. And while reports last summer indicated that he held a Villanova offer, he made clear on Thursday that Villanova has not offered, but was involved. Chris also told Hawk Hill Hardwood that he visited La Salle unofficially in June. Temple has also offered and is involved in Chris’ recruitment.

Outside of the area, there are a few other schools sniffing around. “I just got a text from Maryland and I’m hearing from George Mason more often too,” Chris told Hawk Hill Hardwood.

Chris Clover has visited all of the local schools involved in his recruitment unofficially. He will play out the rest of the summer with Philly Pride, down in Atlanta for an Under Armour event then at the Live in AC event in Atlantic City before closing out the summer with the We R-1 sponsored Battle of the Borders event at Life Center Academy.

Chris Clover’s game is a college-ready one. Physically, he doesn’t have too far to go to be able to compete at the college level. He also plays the game with a gritty toughness that embodies the Mantua neighborhood that he lives in.

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