When incoming freshman Shane Larkin decided to leave DePaul and return to Florida in early August, the Blue Demons needed a point guard to back up sophomore Brandon Young.
With virtually everyone who’s anyone already pledged to a college, DePaul went all the way to Alabama to find its guy at Lawson State Community College. Five-foot-10 Worrel Clahar enrolled last week and will have two years of eligibility.
The Brooklyn, N.Y. native averaged 12.2 points, 7.0 assists, 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals last season for the Cougars. Clahar paced Lawson State to the Alabama Community College Conference title (25-6 overall, 13-1 in league play). He led the league in assists and finished second in steals.
He’s not much of a 3-point shooter (he tried just 25 in 28 games last year), but that’s not the primary reason why the Demons need him.
“He should bolster our backcourt,” DePaul coach Oliver Purnell said in a statement, “and give us another athlete to play our attacking style.”
While Clahar earned a scholarship, he balances DePaul’s classes somewhat and doesn’t get in the way of the school’s desire for a big score with the Class of 2013.
Here’s how DePaul’s scholarship roster looks:
Seniors (2): G Jeremiah Kelly, C Krys Faber.
Juniors (2): F Tony Freeland, G Worrel Clahar
Sophomores (4): F Cleveland Melvin, G Brandon Young, F/G Moses Morgan, F/C Donnovan Kirk.
Freshmen (5): G Charles McKinney, G Macari Brooks, F Jamee Crockett, F Montray Clemons, C Derrell Robertson Jr.
Bowman Academy’s Rico Marrero has claimed one of DePaul’s two open slots in the Class of 2012. Morgan Park guard Billy Garrett Jr. has claimed one of DePaul’s two open slots in the Class of 2013.