Wolfpack Expected To Ink Three

November 9th is the first day college basketball prospects can sign their national letters of intent, and NC State is expected to ink three consensus top 125 prospects today.

NC State Class of 2006 verbals Larry Davis, Dennis Horner, and Dan Werner can make their pledges official today, and all three are expected to fax in their letters of intent to the Wolfpack. Davis and Werner informed Pack Pride that they will fax their letters from school this morning, and Horner mentioned that he will do so at 2:30 in front of press at his high school.

Davis and Horner are ranked in Scout.com's latest Top 100 rankings, with Davis checking in at No. 79 and Horner No. 84. The three verbals give NC State a consensus top 25 recruiting class, placing the Wolfpack at #24 in Scout.com's Top 25 Recruiting Classes rankings.

Larry Davis, who committed to NC State in June, is considered the most heralded signee in the class.

A consensus top 100 national prospect, the 6'3 combo guard from Queens, New York chose NC State over nearly twenty other scholarship offers. His final decision came down to NC State, Villanova, and Pittsburgh, with the Wolfpack securing the verbal following a spring official visit. Considered the No. 16 shooting guard prospect in the country, Davis is a versatile player who can play three positions for the Wolfpack.

Guard Larry Davis

"Their system is a perfect fit for me. They run five out, and everybody on the court can pass and shoot. The way I play I like to make my teammates around me better, and I hope they can make me better in the process. I like to go to the basket, shoot, and pull up. They shoot the three too, and I am trying to work on that right now. I just think I can be the perfect fit for that type of program." -- Larry Davis

"Larry's a prototypical guard. He's more of a wing guard than a point guard. He's very cerebral. He has a great feel for the game. His strongest aspect is his offensive game. He shoots the ball really well and can create shots for himself. He's a great leader and one of the most sound, fundamental players we've had come through our program in years." -- Christ The King head coach Bob Oliva

"Larry Davis is the guy NC State targeted last fall and followed through with a strong commitment last weekend. He's one of those kids who wants to have the basketball in his hands at crunchtime and is a confident perimeter player. One of the interesting notes about his commitment is that it strengthens NC State in New York, a big time hotbed that has been really good to the Pack in the last five years." --Scout.com's National Recruiting Director Dave Telep

"Larry has a very smooth style of play. He has grown tremendously in his ability to take over a ballgame with his offensive skills. Because he plays in the best high school league in the country, the NYC Catholic League, Davis faces challenges every night during the season. The competition of this league has only increased Davis' skills and made him a better player.

"Davis has also been very effective in challenging his defender with his dribble and getting to the paint area. He has improved his short jumper and he has a good eye in finding his big bodies inside for lay ins. As he stated in his press conference, he will fit in nicely with the North Carolina State offense." -- Recruiting Analyst Mike Sullivan

"You know who he reminds me of? He reminds me of a younger, smaller Allen Houston. I don't know if he'll get 6'5 or 6'6, but that's who he reminds me of. He's tough and he's putting it on the floor now and increasing his scoring ability even more, but he can really shoot it. He's going to be very, very good at NC State." -- Cardozo High School head coach Ron Naclerio

Swingman Dennis Horner was actually the last NC State commitment in the 2006 class, verbaling to the Wolfpack in early September.

Horner, a 6'7 wiry, scorer from Absecon, New Jersey, is another versatile athlete who adds length and athleticism on the perimeter. He is a fiery competitor and an above-average scorer on the wing. Horner actually committed to NC State after adding the Wolfpack back to his list. NC State withdrew from his recruitment after landing Werner, but Horner's ability to score on the wing and the versatility to play three positions brought the Wolfpack back in the mix. After visiting NC State for the Wolfpack's football opener against Virginia Tech, Horner pulled the trigger and announced his decision.

He chose the Wolfpack over West Virginia, Notre Dame, Rutgers, and Seton Hall among several others. Horner gives NC State another long, athletic wing, joining players like Gavin Grant and Courtney Fells.

Wing Dennis Horner

"I liked everything down there. It's N.C. State, it's the ACC. I think I can get to my full potential down there. My family played a big role. I guess that's where they wanted me to go the whole time. The tradition there, the people there and how they support it … it's big time basketball." -- Dennis Horner

"Dennis is the 'ultimate' teammate. His loyalty, unselfish demeanor, and will to win makes him a very likeable teammate. Don't understimate the value of chemistry on a crew of five players. Dennis provided the 'star' power and our players rose with him. How does a team like South Jersey Select (all kids within 10-15 minutes of each other) beat these regional superstar teams or take the star-tudded Playaz Gold to the buzzer? Chemistry, and Dennis was the main ingredient which we revolved around." -- South Jersey Select head coach Bob Edmunds

"NC State recruits guys who meet a certain criteria – academics, versatility, skill and character. This young man checks out in all of those categories. He's a legit perimeter player with size. This is not a power forward, this is a perimeter guy who shoots it deep with confidence, has a savvy to his game and will excel in the style that NC State offers. He was valuable to their program and that's why they chased him hard last summer." -- Scout.com's National Recruiting Director Dave Telep

"Dennis Horner is a guy who really knows how to play the game. At first, the staff thought he was similar to Dan Werner - but Horner, another New Jersey native, is more agile and is able to play the three and the two. Both are good shooters from the perimeter, but Horner is quicker, gets to the basket and can also defend in the ACC." -- Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Jeff Goodman

"He could be a terror in a couple of years. He's a versatile kid that plays so hard. He's more of a three-man at this point, but will continue to grow into a two-guard. However, he can play the three-spot right now on the next level. He's going to get better and better at NC State because he fits what they do, and as his body continues to develop so will his overall game." -- Division I assistant coach

Combo forward Dan Werner committed to NC State in early May, as he was the Wolfpack's first commitment in the '06 class.

Another versatile prospect, Werner is a system player who should excel in the positionless offense that NC State utilizes. He has the skill set to play both forward positions and will add depth to the Wolfpack frontcourt as a true freshman. Werner is already familiar with NC State's offense, as Christian Brothers Academy runs nearly an identical offense. Werner picked NC State over a host of programs, including West Virginia, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, and St. Joe's.

Defense Comes Up Big

"I knew it was a special place when I went on the visit. 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, and I really connect with the coaches." -- Dan Werner

"He's a pretty complete player for his size and that's a legitimate 6-foot-7, 6-8 and 220 pounds. He can put the ball on the floor, he passes, shoots, takes it to the hoop, rebounds and plays defense. I think he's a pretty complete player. I think he has an upside and I don't think he's there yet." -- CBA head coach Ed Wicelinski

"Everyone in the Big East and ACC knows about him. He's a very skilled, fundamentally sound player that can shoot the ball and really knows how to play. He's skilled, can pass, can pivot and knows how to play. He's perfect for N.C. State's Princeton style of play. He's good. He's what N.C. State is – solid, skilled and a very good shooter. He doesn't make mistakes. My biggest question is if he plays the three, does he have the quickness to defend a three-man?" -– Division I assistant coach

"He's a very solid, skilled four-three man. He's 6-7, maybe even 6-8 and has a big upside. He's fairly athletic and plays for a great high school coach. He really understands how to play the game. He can shoot it, pass it and plays fairly hard. He's an average player at this level. He's got good skills. I don't think he does anything great, but he's good at everything. He's a solid player." -– Division I assistant coach

With the Class of 2006 complete, NC State now can turn its attention to the rising juniors and already have targeted several major prospects. Point guard Chris Wright, shooting guard Austin Freeman, and combo forward Julian Vaughn have offers and are giving the Wolfpack heavy consideration. Wright and Freeman could decide early, and some gurus consider Vaughn a top-15 prospect in the country.

2006-2007 Projected NC State Hoops Roster (Scholarship Players)

G Engin Atsur, Sr.  
F Andrew Brackman, Jr.  
G Gavin Grant, Jr. 
C Cedric Simmons, Jr.
F Brandon Costner, Soph.
F/C Ben McCauley, Soph.
G Courtney Fells, Soph.
F Dan Werner, Fr.
G Larry Davis, Fr.
G Dennis Horner, Fr.

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