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Manroop Clair Breaks Out With A Monster Summer

Published by on July 28, 2011

There are two names you must know about when it comes to high school basketball on the West Coast: Kelowna’s 6’11 Braxston Bunce and Burnaby South’s 6’2 combo guard Manroop Clair.

The former you should be familiar with already from his selection to the Canadian Junior National team this summer. The latter however is still an enigma to most hoop heads outside of British Columbia.

However that’s quickly changing due to Manroop Clair’s impressive summer playing with DRIVE Basketball , a program he’s been a part of since he was in the sixth grade.

Photo by: Ron Hole

“I’ve been a part of the Drive program for a long time now. It’s really a family atmosphere over there,” said Clair. “My Drive coaches Pasha Bains, Chad Clifford, Jordan Mason and my brother Swaroop have played a huge role in my development as a player and individual.”

Clair has led the DRIVE team in scoring almost every game this summer (averaging 29.6 points and 4.6 assists). Behind the scoring of their lanky guard, DRIVE has produced some noticeable results, including a second place finish at the Northwest Championships in Seattle, edging the Northwest, an AAU powerhouse, in the process.

Clair’s play hasn’t gone unnoticed, as he’s garnered interest from several division one schools.

“I’ve gotten interest from a lot of schools on the west coast such as Washington, Washington State, New Mexico State, Portland, San Francisco and Utah State,” said Clair. “I’ve also gotten interest from most of the schools in the Big Sky conference.”

To improve his marketability in the United States, Clair will be taking a route that is relatively nascent to ballers in British Columbia: transferring to a Prep school in the United States.

Clair has narrowed his decision between Christian Faith Center Academy in North Carolina and Garfield high school in Seattle.

By electing to attend a prep school next year, Clair will be sacrificing one final shot at a provincial championship in British Columbia. This past season, Burnaby South was stocked with talented graduating seniors to complement Clair. They were the odds on favourite to make the final until they were upset by the Terry Fox Ravens in the quarter finals of the tournament.

Photo by: Ron Hole

Despite the disappointing result to end the season, Clair left his mark at Burnaby South, averaging 22 points a game. At the Lower Mainland final between Burnaby South and R.C. Palmer, the eventual champions of the province, Clair had 20 points at the half and finished the game with 33 points.

Several coaches around the province agree that Manroop Clair would be the consensus best player in the province next year if he decided to stay.

“I’m truly humbled when I hear that. There are a lot of great players in the province and to be considered one of the top is a great honour,” admitted Clair.

“It shows that all of the hard work I’ve been putting in is being recognized and it pushes me to keep getting better.”

Clair has drawn a few comparisons to his favourite player, Stephen Curry. His unlimited range and underrated passing ability have coaches raving about his potential.

The best pure scorer British Columbia has to offer will be taking his talents to the South, nowhere near a beach though. And just like the break out summer he’s having so far, Clair will likely continue doing historic things, so he wont be flying under the radar for much longer.

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