West-Mont Christian Academy has had a history of outstanding athletes in basketball and soccer, but Pat Sharr is the first one to move on to play NCAA college basketball.
Sharr, an outstanding outside shooter from the Royersford area, has decided to take his basketball and academic talents to Division III Gordon College in Wenham, Mass.
Recently, Sharr also earned his school's valedictorian honor for his graduating class at West-Mont Christian Academy, and he delivered the commencement speech.
Sharr, who stands 5 feet, 10 inches tall, chose Gordon over Alfred, Geneva, Elizabethtown and Westminster among other colleges.
Sharr led the area in 3-point field goals with 97 bombs this season and 90 as a junior. His career shooting from 3-point distance was 262-for-549 (48 percent), which ranks him at the top of scholastic standouts in the nation.
He ended his career with 1,323 points to place third all-time in WCA history and 25th
among career scorers in the area.
"We are very excited to have Pat joining our basketball program at Gordon College," said coach Mike Schauer. "Obviously, Pat is an exceptional shooter, but what I most value about him as a player is that he has a coach's mind and an unselfish spirit. He just wants to win.
"More importantly, Pat is a sincerely Christian young man who fits the unique profile of a Gordon student. He will make solid contributions here both on and off the court."
Gordon College competes in the Commonwealth Coast Conference.
Sharr earned status as an All-Tri-County League player for the past three years. He averaged 15.7 points per game and helped lead his team to the Tri-County League championship this past winter. West-Mont Christian Academy recorded a perfect 17-0 record for the 2007-08 campaign.
The prestigious William Markward Memorial Basketball Club recognized Sharr as an outstanding player and awarded him the William Ferguson Memorial Award for "academic excellence." Sharr sported a perfect 4.0 grade point average and was also awarded a partial scholarship from the Markward Club.
"I am very excited to attend Gordon and play college basketball, and I know I will be challenged academically," Sharr said.
Sharr was also selected to play this past March in the annual Pennsylvania-Maryland All-Star Game, which was held in Harrisburg.
The Pennsylvania Basketball Website recognized Sharr for his exploits as a junior as a "Top Underclassman" and again as a senior for having at least seven 3-point field goals in one game. Sharr actually surpassed that mark with nine baskets from beyond the arc in one fray.
Sharr was a member of a roster that also included Darren El, Oxford; Karon Burton, Chester; Lance Chisholm, Steel High; Brett Derr, Millersburg; Garrett Derr, Millersburg; Jordan Gembe, Greencastle-Antrim; Quion Gunning, Central Dauphin East; Jerren Harris, Lancaster McCaskey; Jacob Iati, York Catholic; Russell Johnson, Chester; Ryan Murphy, Delaware Valley; Jamaal Parker, Lancaster McCaskey; Josh Proctor, Steel High; Dameatric Scott, Greencastle-Antrim; and Brett Young, Penn Hills.
The initial Pennsylvania-Maryland game was played in 1992 at Hersheypark Arena and Pennsylvania defeated Maryland, 128-93, in that encounter 17 years ago.
Pat is the son of Ed Sharr, who directs Definitely Sports Basketball Camps in the Phoenixville and Pottstown areas every year during the summer months.
The boys basketball coach and athletic director at West-Mont Christian Academy is Doug Wynne.