WKU Lands Top Target

The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers got it done. Darrin Horn and his staff landed the program's top recruit on Friday when Daniel Emerson picked WKU.

Norcross (Ga.) High senior power forward Daniel Emerson (6-foot-7, 225) committed to play for the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Friday afternoon. Emerson had visited Mercer, St. Bonaventure and the Toppers.

"They were my third offer [last year]," Emerson said. "They came in last April when Archie Miller was there and Coach Horn came in and offered me a scholarship. I remember Chris Marcus from a few years ago. I was real impressed with everything they had to say from Day One.

"Basically, I really enjoyed the coaching staff. It was a really hard decision. It was hard not to go to Mercer because both of my brothers went there. I had to turn down family. I feel like I made the right decision."

Emerson ran with the Georgia Stars most of the summer. At one point, he was entertaining offers and interest from high-major programs but wanted to pick a school where his immediate impact could be realized.

"I got offered by Mississippi. There were some big schools early on but I told that I wasn't interested. I wasn't interested in any schools that didn't offer the opportunity to play early on."

Emerson, whose two brothers played collegiately, was the No. 1 target of the Hilltoppers this year and every time he looked into the stands this summer he saw a familiar face. "I feel like I was [their No. 1] because every time they came to see me it was the head coach. Coach Horn was at every single one of my games. He told me from Day One that I was their No. 1 guy."

And now, Emerson is ready to get on with his college career at a spot where he expects to do big things.

"I think every player who goes to college wants to leave that school as the best player that's ever played there. I'm not sure that's realistic but I want to be able to look back on my career and say I was the hardest working player to ever play there."

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