'I Knew It Was A Special Place'

It was a big 24-hour stretch for Dan Werner. First he made his college decision – and then he headed to his prom.

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    It was a big 24-hour stretch for Dan Werner. First he made his college decision – and then he headed to his prom.

    "No nerves at all," said the 6-foot-7, 220-pound rising senior forward from Christian Brothers Academy (N.J.).

    Werner is somewhat of an unknown commodity, but the Wolfpack staff had him on its radar for about a year – since they saw him while watching incoming Notre Dame freshman Kyle McAlarney on the Jersey Shore Warriors.

    Werner may have been slipping under the radar, but he was starting to pick up steam among coaches. At one of the Charlie Weber tournaments in April, Herb Sendek was joined by Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey, West Virginia head man John Beilein as well as Villanova assistant coach Brett Gunning and Rutgers assistant Fred Hill.

    According to Werner's father, Ron, his son fielded offers from Georgetown, Notre Dame, West Virginia and Virginia Tech. Rutgers, Richmond, St. Joseph's, St. John's and Villanova were also interested.

    However, it came down to style of play.

    ``It fits me well," Werner said. "We run similar stuff at our high school. Both my high school coach and Coach Sendek feel I'll fit in really well."

    Werner averaged 16.2 points and 8 boards per game as a junior and had a chance to take a look at the campus last year on an unofficial – and also took a trip this season for a game.

    ``I knew it was a special place when I went on the visit," Werner said. "When Coach Sendek offered me a scholarship when he met with me at my school, I had to make sure and talk about it with my parents. But it's exactly what I wanted."

    ``It just felt right," he added. "And I really connect with the coaches."


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