NC State Back Involved?

Absecon (NJ) Holy Spirit star Dennis Horner recently added a new team back into the mix and has narrowed his list to three programs.

"Right now I've got three particular schools that are probably leading," Dennis Horner said. "North Carolina State, West Virginia, and Notre Dame. Those are the final three."

Horner, who holds offers from all three schools, recently added NC State back to his list after the Wolfpack initially dropped out of his recruitment following the commitment of Dan Werner.

"They thought that I played the same position as Dan Werner, but coach Sendek saw me play at ABCD camp and now they feel that we play different positions," Horner said. "I like that because I'm more of a guard or wing anyways."

Horner, who has already taken an official visit to NC State, plans to take a couple more visits this fall before announcing his decision.

"I think the 18th of September we are going to Notre Dame, and we're still trying to figure out the date for West Virginia," he said. "I don't think I'm going to commit anytime soon, at least I don't think."

With his summer coming to a close, Horner is not going to worry much about recruiting, instead choosing to focus on his upcoming senior year.

"I play in a summer league with my high school team, and we're going to a team camp next Tuesday," he said. "I think we'll be very good. We have everyone back except our point guard. That's really all I'm worried about right now."

When asked to name a firm leader, the 6-foot-7 forward admitted one school may hold a slight lead, although it's still fairly even.

"West Virginia is still leading, but it's still pretty even," Horner said. "I really like [WVU head coach John] Beilein a lot, and I just like everything about them."

SCOUTING REPORT: Listed at 6-foot-9, 190-pounds, Horner is Mr. Versatile. He can do a lot of things well and is more athletic than he has been given credit for. He's probably shorter than advertised and closer to 6'7 than 6'9 but has plenty of upside. He's very comfortable with the ball in his hands on the perimeter, moreso than in the post, and looks to drive off the dribble and finish around the rim.

He did a great job of drawing fouls against opponents, and looked to have a solid shooting stroke, although his jumper was off for the most part.

Horner plays hard on both ends and blocked shots and boarded very well given his slight frame.

The key with Horner is he's still growing and has plenty of potential. When he gets in the weightroom, those drives to the basket will result in finishes at the rim instead of simply him being fouled.










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