High-scoring Canadian guard commits to Warriors
With many of the top American recruits already signed, the Hawai’i basketball team went north of the border to find a gem.
Manroop Clair, a high-scoring combo guard originally from British Columbia, Canada, said he is committed to joining the Warriors for the 2012-13 season. Clair, who said he is “6-3 with shoes on” and 170 pounds, is currently a high school senior at Huntington Prep School in West Virginia.
“Hawai’i came after me hard and everything fell into place,” he said. “It seems like a good fit for my future in basketball and school wise, just everything.”
Clair’s original plan was to enroll at prep school for another year, and graduate in 2013. He changed those plans recently, and will be eligible to play for the Warriors as a freshman in the 2012-13 season.
“He’s actually listed on all the recruiting sites as a 2013 (graduate), so a lot of schools were looking at him for 2013,” said his AAU coach, Pasha Bains. “Only a few schools knew that he could actually come out in 2012 if he wanted to, and so Hawai’i recruited him for 2012 and I think it’s a good fit for both sides.”
Bains has coached Clair with the DRIVE basketball team on the AAU circuit for the past several years, including this year.
“He’s averaged 30 points a game for us against good competition, with guys trying to stop him,” Bains said. “He’s definitely exciting to watch. He’s the kind of player who puts you on the edge of your seat because he can do so many things and he’s a gamer.”
Bains noted that Clair has “outstanding” shooting range, but can also handle the ball.
“Because he can shoot it on an elite level already, he can contribute in that sense right away,” Bains said. “But he still needs to fill in to his body a little bit. He’s got the great basketball sense and knows how to play the game. I think he can really blossom into a solid all-around player on the D-1 level.”
Several other programs were recruiting Clair, including New Mexico State, Santa Clara, Weber State and Wyoming.
Clair said he is on track to complete his classes at Huntington Prep this semester. He has not made any official visits, but would still like to make take one to Hawai’i after finishing his classes.
He said he will sign an official letter of intent by the end of this week. Per NCAA rules, the Hawai’i coaches cannot comment on a recruit until the official letter of intent is signed and approved.
Here are a few video clips of Clair with the DRIVE AAU team: