Updated: Oct 18, 2021
This piece was written by Jamal Clay, a frequent contributor of Globally Ballin and the founder of "The Athletes Forum"
My name is Chase Harler. I am from the small town, Moundsville, WV. I grew up as a HUGE West Virginia University fan, so it was an easy choice for me when my college recruiting process began. I verbally committed to WVU the summer before my junior year of high school. In my four seasons at WVU, we made two Sweet Sixteens - led by the 32nd pick of the 2018 draft, Jevon Carter. My experience at WVU was a complete rollercoaster - from not playing much my freshman and sophomore year to having important roles my junior and senior year; all those experiences helped prepare me to become a professional basketball player. I am currently in the NKL (Lithuania) playing for Palangos Kuršiai. I’m going to take you around the world with the 5 things I’ve learned since playing overseas.
1. Pack some of your own seasonings for food. I had my family send me a package for seasonings. Some countries have similar stuff - but it is better safe than sorry.
2. Don’t forget outlet adapters! My fiance had to remind me at the last second.
3. We stretch after the first 15-20 minutes of practice (which is very confusing to me).
4. Go into the food culture with a very open mind. That is what I did and I have really enjoyed trying a lot of new foods.
5. You’ll find out who is really “in your circle.” The time difference will cause some communication issues, but the people who really care for you will make an effort to reach out.
Our season is wrapping up over here. I’m looking forward to getting home to my fiancé and family.
This off-season will be very important for me and my brand (Built Different LLC).
I’m excited to see where I end up next season!