Werner Heats Up

Lincroft (NJ) Christian Brothers Academy forward and NC State signee Dan Werner discusses his season with Pack Pride.

NC State signee Dan Werner has been on fire. After erupting for 32 points and 13 rebounds against nationally-ranked St. Anthony's in January, Werner tallied 41 points and 12 boards in a double-overtime win over powerhouse Chester High from Philadelphia this past weekend.

Werner followed that effort with another stellar performance Monday night. In a double-digit win over Manalapan, Werner finished with 34 points and 13 rebounds to pace the 19-1 Colts.

"We had a game tonight against Manalapan, and we won by 17 or 18," Werner told Pack Pride after Monday night's game. "I had like 34 or 35. I think I had 13 rebounds too.

"Saturday we had a double-overtime game where we won 99-93, and I had 41 points and over ten rebounds. We started out strong, but they shot the ball really, really well. They were hitting everything from outside, so we had to keep scoring and get that win."

CBA has a couple of games remaining before the playoffs begin, where an interesting matchup for Wolfpack fans just might take place.

"It's set up where we might play Holy Spirit and Dennis Horner in the playoffs," said Werner. "If we had lost on Saturday, I think they would have got the No. 1 seed, but now we got it, and I think we may have to play them in the semifinals. I think it's set up where we both might get byes, and play another game. If we win that game, we will play against each other.

"It would be fun to play a future teammate, but we've got to win these other games first. I've heard Dennis is playing well, and he has to be because they are having a real good season."

Despite the huge scoring numbers, the one game that still bothers Werner is the 47-45 loss to St. Anthony's, CBA's lone loss this season.

Dan Werner

Currently ranked third in the country by USA Today, St. Anthony's is coached by legendary prep basketball coach Bob Hurley. After his team defeated CBA, Hurley spoke highly of Werner and his ability.

"He's the best all-around player in the state, and I've seen everybody play," Hurley said of Werner. "The thing I love about Danny is that there are kids in the state that have talent but they don't bring it every day. Danny brings it every day."

Werner admitted he was happy to hear those comments from coach Hurley.

"He's a legendary coach, and it's a great compliment when you hear him say something like that," said Werner. "It's definitely an honor, and I'm privileged to hear him say something like that about me."

The 6-foot-8, 220-pound combo forward is in contention to win New Jersey Player of the Year honors, an award current Wolfpacker Brandon Costner captured last season.

Why doing well in his senior year, Werner has also been following NC State's season, and even sent coach Sendek a message after the win over Maryland and last night's Super Bowl.

"I sent coach Sendek a text message after the Super Bowl," he said. "I wanted to congratulate him on the win against Maryland and also on the Steelers winning. He told me a few weeks back when I was down there that they were going to pull it out.

"I've watched NC State whenever they are on TV, and if I can't see them play I'll check the score on ESPN.com afterwards. I know Tony Bethel had a big game for them against Maryland, and I watched the Duke and Seton Hall games too.

"I've never second-guessed my decision to go to college at NC State. It was the best decision I could make."

Pack Pride Top Stories