Easy Choice For Werner

In talking with Dan Werner's father, Ron Werner, it's obvious that he's happy with his son's decision.

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    NC State first scouted Dan Werner last spring, as they were recruiting Jersey Shore standout point guard Kyle McAlarney, who ended up inking with Notre Dame. The early attention obviously paid off for the Wolfpack, as they secured a verbal commitment from the 6-foot-7, 215-pound combo forward. In talking with Werner's father, Ron Werner, it's obvious that he's happy with his son's decision.

    "Everything kept coming back to NC State and Dan liked the style, the area and was happy with the Wolfpack so he was ready to make his decision," Mr. Werner said. "Some people were saying we should keep taking visits and hold out for even more offers, but it wasn't about that.

    "We've actually been down to Raleigh twice. We came down for a day last summer and was able to catch the game against Virginia at the RBC Center this winter. So he's comfortable with the environment, and we were just impressed with everything we saw from NC State.

    "My daughter also has been accepted to NC State, and she will start school there next fall with Dan, so its really going to be easy on us. We can now visit both of them when we come down to North Carolina."

    Werner's recruitment really picked up this spring as he toured with the Jersey Shore Warriors. He'll continue to play with the Warriors and will also attend the 2005 ABCD Camp.

    "At our first game this spring there were 52 coaches watching so we were sure that when we returned home there would be more offers," Mr. Werner said. "Dan ended up with offers from NC State, Georgetown, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Rutgers, Richmond, St. Joe's, and a local school from here, Monmouth.

    "It wasn't about the offers. We wanted the best fit... where he would have the best college experience. It's nice to have 30 to 40 offers, but I think he wanted to make that decision early once he found what he was looking for."

    Werner is also very familiar with a future teammate, as his Christian Brothers Academy squad squared off against Wolfpack signee Brandon Costner and Seton Hall Prep in the state finals. Costner and the Pirates came out on top, but Mr. Werner felt his son matched up well against the McDonald's All-American.

    "I think he's similiar to Costner in a lot of ways," Mr. Werner said. "In that game, Costner hit five 3-pointers and Danny knocked in four. They were competing against each other.

    "Dan's a good shooter for his size and a very good passer. He'll probably say that passing and finding the open man is his best attribute.

    "We think he needs to put on a few more pounds and get stronger. He's about 215 pounds right now, but he's working with a personal trainer to get stronger and add more muscle."

    Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, New Jersey is one of the state's top programs, as they routinely produce college standouts. Last season CBA finished 26-3 and Werner led them in scoring and rebounding while earning conference player of the year and second-team all-state honors.

    Wolfpack head coach Herb Sendek was familiar with CBA from his days as an assistant at Providence, and Mr. Werner thinks that played a role in his son's recruitment.

    "Coach Sendek has a great relationship with [CBA head coach Ed] Wicelinski," Mr. Werner said. "He recruited John Crotty from CBA when he was at Providence, but it didn't work out. Coach Sendek recently told coach 'Wiz' that it was about time he got one of their guys and he did."

    John Crotty is probably a familiar name to Wolfpack fans as he starred at point guard for the University of Virginia from 1987-1991.

    The Werner family handled the recruiting process swiftly, taking unofficial visits over the past couple of years to programs already expressing interest. In the end, it was NC State that always felt right.

    Pack Pride will have more from Werner on his commitment to NC State.

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