Horner Is A Winner

CHERRY HILL, N.J. -- Dennis Horner might have an idea of where his future lies, but the lanky 6-7 forward from Holy Spirit H.S. in Absecon, N.J., does what he can to help his high school team win ball games.

And who can argue with the results? Despite dropping a controversial 51-49 decision to Shawnee H.S. at the 2006 Cherry Hill East Invitational, the Spartans are 20-2 and among the parochial favorites in South Jersey.

While Horner feels most comfortable out on the wing, he also slides down to the low post quite a bit for Holy Spirit. He's averaging 19 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks per game as a senior for the Spartans.

"I am used to playing in the post," Dennis Horner said after the loss. "Wherever the mismatch is for my team, that's where I will go to help us win."

Holy Spirit Head Coach Tom Attanasi realizes that Horner's future lies on the wing, and that's where N.C. State plans to use him. Horner signed with the Wolfpack in November.

"He does what we need him to do in there," Attanasi said. "He can play both inside and outside, but I think he will eventually play on the wing in college."

Horner said he weighs about 215 pounds, but he looks thinner than that and hasn't yet filled into his body.

"He's going to get bigger and stronger once he gets to college," Attanasi predicted. "I am sure he will add 15 to 20 pounds of muscle to his body."

During the summer, Horner had a chance to showcase his perimeter skills while playing for the South Jersey Select travel program. He shot the ball especially well from the wing in AAU play, but he's struggled with his jumper this year at Holy Spirit.

"Right now, my shot is off," Horner said. "I've been staying an hour after practice, shooting jumpers."

Horner said he stays in regular contact with Wolfpack Asst. Coach Mark Phelps, although N.C. State hasn't been in yet to watch him during his senior campaign.

"They've tried to come up a couple of times, but it hasn't worked out," Horner said. "They haven't told me yet where they plan on using me next season, but I would imagine it would be either as a small forward or shooting guard."

Attanasi would love to have Horner back for another season, but he will miss his productive senior forward.

"He's had a great year for us," Attanasi said. "He refuses to lose, and he takes it very hard when we do."

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