Horner Enjoys NC State Official

It has been a busy week for emerging New Jersey wing Dennis Horner, as he visited NC State and played in a prestigious AAU Tournament over the past few days.

"I liked the visit a lot," Dennis Horner told Pack Pride. "I liked the Raleigh area, and the campus was very nice. I liked the coaches and the kids a lot too.

"I played some ball with Tony [Bethel] and Cedric [Simmons]. Both of them can play. I could see myself playing with them."

What was the best part of the NC State official visit?

"I think going to see the RBC Center was probably the best part," Horner said. "It was really impressive. I never imagined it to be like that. It seems like a great place to play."

Horner has emerged as a priority for the Wolfpack, and he knows it. The Linwood (NJ) Holy Spirit star admits he feels that NC State wants him badly, but they didn't pressure for a verbal.

"They didn't really push for a commitment," he said. "They said to take my time and discuss it over, but it seems like they would want me to commit early."

Following the NC State visit, Horner headed to Charlottesville, Virginia where he played with South Jersey Select in the Southern Invitational Tournament.

"I made it up for the games on Saturday, but we didn't advance," Horner said. "I played well though. I had close to thirty points in our first game and in the second game I probably had fifteen or so, but I did finish with ten rebounds and six blocks.

"If we would have advanced we could have played the Boo Williams team, but we didn't get to play them."

South Jersey Select's next tournament will be Memorial Day weekend, when Horner and his squad heads down to the triangle to play in the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions.

The tournament will provide Wolfpack fans with a chance to see Horner in action, and that excites the 6'8 combo forward.

"Yes, I've thought about that, and it's exciting," he said. "It's a chance to play on the campus and maybe some of the fans will be there too. That would be nice."

As for now, Horner has offers from NC State, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Seton Hall, St. Joe's, LaSalle, Monmouth, and Rider with interest from Villanova, Georgia Tech, and Wake Forest. This week he may take a visit to Villanova, but that's not set in stone.

Horner's hesitant to name a leader or timeframe, but gives the impression that a decision could come sooner than later.

"I probably will still just wait a little bit, but the two schools I've been to I liked a lot," he said. "It's really even with them. The difference was at West Virginia the college is in a small town and the actual town is the college. That's not bad, but Raleigh is a lot bigger and more of a city."

Player Evaluation: He must have changed in the car because he came directly from an official visit to the tournament. Horner put up 25 points and made 3-of-6 from downtown. He's an interesting guy to evaluate because you can see the value in his game, especially for certain programs. Horner's gifted from the outside, passes well and plays within the offense. He'll operate best in a system. He's not overly athletic so he's not for everyone but those who value skill over athleticism are excited about this spring rankings riser. -- Scout.com's Dave Telep

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