N.C. State Lands Forward

The N.C. State Wolfpack has itself a new 2006 forward. On Thursday, the Pack accepted a commitment from a prospect out of the state of New Jersey.

Dan Werner, a 6-foot-7 small forward out of Lincroft (N.J.) Christian Brothers Academy, committed to the North Carolina State Wolfpack Thursday night.

Werner, the 2005 Asbury Park Press Player of the Year, selected the Pack over West Virginia, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech and St. Joe's.

As a junior, Werner averaged 16 points, 7 boards and shot 36.3% from behind the arc (41-for-113). His team finished the season 26-3.

"He's a pretty complete player for his size and that's a legitimate 6-foot-7, 6-8 and 220 pounds," CBA coach Ed Wicelinski said. "He can put the ball on the floor, he passes, shoots, takes it to the hoop, rebounds and plays defense. I think he's a pretty complete player. I think he has an upside and I don't think he's there yet."

Werner was ready to make a decision because he had done all his homework. Plus, he had already unofficially all of the schools that were on his list. "It put him in a position to make an intelligent decision now," Wicelinski said. "It came down to some great choices with some great people."

Werner was recruited as a guy who can play facing the basket and his versatility and overall feel for the game seem to have been big selling points in his recruitment by the Wolfpack. "He loves the system that they run," Tony Sagona, Werner's AAU coach said. "He's a very a skilled player and we think he'll fit in quite comfortably there."

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