Another Trip For Horner

Absecon (NJ) Holy Spirit star Dennis Horner is closing in on a decision. With three visits left, Horner is looking for the best fit.

"I'm actually going to North Carolina State this upcoming weekend for an unofficial visit," Dennis Horner told Pack Pride. "I'll watch the Virginia Tech game and talk to the coaches some more. I will probably hang out with the players some too."

Following the NC State visit, Horner will have two trips remaining.

"I'll be missing my first day of school to go to West Virginia for an official, and then that next weekend I'll go to Notre Dame," he said.

"I'll probably go to all three, but I could commit to a school if I have a good visit," Horner added. "I don't know... I don't know where it would be too yet."

Horner starred this summer for South Jersey Select on the AAU circuit, displaying the versatility and perimeter skills that teams like NC State, Notre Dame, and West Virginia covet.

"I played well," he said. "If I didn't play as well as I did, I wouldn't be getting all of this attention. It's been fun."

After injuring his knee late in the summer, Horner has spent time resting as he prepares for his senior season at Holy Spirit.

"I think it's a sprain," Horner said. "There's a big bruise and the doctors said if I kept playing the injury wouldn't heal. We do know there was no ligament damage so that's good. I'll be ready to go soon."

A consensus top 100 prospect nationally and the No. 84 player in the country according to, Horner is also rated the nation's No. 19 small forward prospect by the recruiting service.

All three programs have made him a priority.

"I know at NC State they said I'm the only guy they are recruiting at my position," Horner said. "It's the same with West Virginia and Notre Dame too. I know how much all three schools want me."

Heading into the visits, Horner says there is "not really" a leader between the three programs.

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 does 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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