Wozniak on Pack's Radar

St. Petersburg (FL) Keswick Christian shooting guard Tanner Wozniak is flying under the recruiting radar, but he is hearing from several programs, including NC State.

St. Petersburg (FL) Keswick Christian shooting guard Tanner Wozniak is flying under the recruiting radar, but he is hearing from several programs, including NC State.

"Recruiting is going well for Tanner," said Alan Wozniak, Tanner's father. "He plays for a small high school and hasn't played on the biggest AAU teams, but he is hearing from some schools. He has been hearing a lot from NC State, and coach Stan Heath and South Florida are extremely interested in him. The thing with USF is they don't have any scholarships right now, but coach Heath said that something could open in a couple of months and they believe Tanner is one of the top shooters in the country.

"He is also being recruited by programs like UCF and Jacksonville and he has an offer from FIU. They offered him I believe back in April and are really interested in him... I think they wanted him to commit right away."

The status of FIU head coach Isiah Thomas has had Wozniak hesitant to jump on the offer, along with the interest he's received from other schools.

"Coach Thomas told us that the only way he would leave FIU is for a General Manager position in the NBA," said Mr. Wozniak. "Well, that could happen tomorrow... you just never know. Obviously you want to go play for a coach that has some stability, that's certainly something Tanner is looking for."

Wozniak has played point guard and shooting guard for Keswick Christian and his AAU team, Team Dwight Howard, but he is mainly being recruited to play shooting guard. At 6-foot-5 and 190 pounds he has above-average size for the position and is a prolific shooter. As a junior he averaged 23 points a game as he shot 81% from the free throw line and 45% from the field. However, he made his mark behind the 3-point line, connecting on a stellar 83-of-175 attempts (48%).

"Tanner is an outstanding shooter, and the coaches who have seen him play have stated that they think he's one of the best shooters in the country," said Mr. Wozniak. "They say he has very good size for the shooting guard position and good strength. He's worked hard in the weight room and has close to a college-ready body."

NC State assistant coach Monte Towe is recruiting Wozniak for the Wolfpack, and assistant Larry Harris has watched him work out as well. They came down during the evaluation period and left impressed.

"Coach Towe and coach Harris came down to see Tanner workout and I believe they were impressed because we heard back from coach Lowe right after their visit and he has also been down," said Mr. Wozniak. "Their interest is why we came up for the unofficial visit."

Wozniak and his family arrived in Raleigh last Friday for the Wolfpack's Red Rally festivities. They were able to meet with the academic staff, tour the facilities, and also attended the Red Rally.

"It was neat," said Mr. Wozniak. "They had around 6,000 fans and it was a very good atmosphere. I know Tanner was impressed with the atmosphere and the coaching staff. It's high-level basketball and the players were real good.

"We were able to stay and watch a couple of practices, and they had a lot of intensity. They went after it. Obviously ACC basketball is the best in the country, and I think they are going to be good, at least based on what I saw . I was impressed with their players and the intensity they brought."

While NC State has yet to extend an official offer, Mr. Wozniak believes one could be on the way.

"They really think he can shoot and can come in and help their team out," he stated. "They haven't made an official offer, but they like him a lot... their thing is they have yet to see him play live in game action. They have seen highlights and game footage, but haven't seen him play live yet.

"I believe they are going to come down the next time they can in compliance with NCAA rules and watch him in an open gym or scrimmage so they can see him play live. Personally I think that's the last step before an offer because the coaches have told us they have liked everything they've seen so far."

Wozniak would like to make an early decision, but obviously that would be based on what his options are when the fall signing period rolls around.

"I think that's his preference, to sign in the fall," Mr. Wozniak stated. "He would like to get it over with, but I know he could wait if it's the right thing to do. We know South Florida has a strong interest, but doesn't have a scholarship open right now. One could potentially open up in the next few months and that would be another option."

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