After a sudden end to his senior year in a Mountaineer uniform, things have been looking up for WVU Basketball alum Chase Harler with the start of a new business venture and most recently signing a professional contract to play overseas.
Harler, a native of Moundsville, announced via social media he will be heading to Lithuania to continue his passion for the sport.
“Super excited and blessed for the opportunity,” Harler said an Instagram post with his fiance by his side.
MOUNDSVILLE ✈️ LITHUANIA!
Super excited and blessed for the opportunity 🏀 https://t.co/xJvLvF0Xoj
— Chase Harler (@ChaseHarler4) July 21, 2020
Mountaineer nation showed loads of support for Harler, including some of his old basketball coaches.
“What awesome news!! All the hours of working out, all the sacrifices, all the dedication to the game has paid dividends for you,” former WVU coach Billy Hahn wrote. “God is good! Count your blessings! Good luck!”
During his four year career at Wet Virginia, Harler was a four-year lettermen and named a captain his senior year. Also in his senior year, although cut short, Harler was named to the Academic All-Big 12 Men’s Basketball First Team; played in all 31 games, starting two; averaged 16.4 minutes per game and averaged 4.4 points per contest.
Harler came to WVU after attending Wheeling Central Catholic High School, where he was a State Champion & two-time Gatorade Player of the Year.
Using his bachelor’s degree in general business from WVU in August 2019, earlier this month Harler and Boyd Bibey, a Wheeling native who played at Concordia University Ann Arbor for two years before walking on to the team at WVU, started “Built Different”. “Built Different” is a skill development company surrounding the game of basketball, baseball and softball. According to the company’s website, Harler’s next chapter includes continuing to be a skill development coach in the offseason.
Harler later announced on Twitter that Bibey will continue basketball operations and Brian Campbell, COO and head baseball/softball trainer will continue those operations in his absence.
“I will continue workouts till I leave,” Harler’s post said. “Come get some work in!! I leave mid-September & will resume workouts when I return (March)!”