Werner Will Be Patient

Lincroft (NJ) Christian Brothers Academy star Dan Werner wasn't too surprised when he heard the news that Herb Sendek was headed to Arizona State.

Lincroft (NJ) Christian Brothers Academy star Dan Werner wasn't too surprised when he heard the news that Herb Sendek was headed to Arizona State.

Werner, who followed NC State this season on the Internet, was aware of the recent development and pointed out that coach Sendek was very apologetic when he called to inform him of his decision.

"Coach Sendek was apologizing and stuff, but I understand he has to do what's best for his family," Werner said. "He really wanted to get a chance to coach me and thinks I'll be a really good player."

Werner, who was NC State's first commitment in the '06 class, verbaled to the Wolfpack because he wanted to play for coach Sendek and in the offensive system he utilizes.

"One big thing with NC State was the style of play," said Werner. "I like everything about NC State, and I definitely want to go to NC State, but it all depends on who they bring in.

"I'm not the type of guy that can play in any type of system. I have to play a certain way to reach my potential."

In what was labeled a "rebuilding year" at the beginning of the season, Werner led CBA to a stellar 27-2 record. The 6-foot-8 forward was the only returning starter from last year's 26-3 squad, but CBA went on to capture its 14th Shore Conference title and 14th NJSIAA South Jersey Non-Public A title under legendary head coach Ed Wicelinski. Werner's tenure at CBA produced a 93-18 record, including a 53-5 mark over the past two seasons.

Werner was recently named 2006 Associated Press New Jersey State Player of the Year, first-team AP All-State, and the 2006 MSG Network/Daily News Tri-State Player of the Year. The award is given annually to the best basketball player in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York.

His huge senior season could lead to increased interest from other programs should he become available, as he chose the Wolfpack over West Virginia, Notre Dame, Rutgers, and St. Joe's among others.

According to his father, Ron Werner, Dan has a decision to make and will explore all of his available options.

"My son had 20 to 30 offers and his decision was based solely on coach Sendek," Mr. Werner said. "It was all Sendek. His program, his style of play, that was everything that went into Dan's decision.

"It came down to West Virginia and NC State. We just thought that coach Sendek, with the facilities he had, was going to be there for the long haul.

"It's just tough, it's just a tough pill to swallow.

"I was just on the phone with Danny's high school coach. We really can't do anything until we see who is hired. We're meeting on Tuesday to discuss this some more. At this point, we plan to see who the new coach is, but with Danny it has to be the right fit."

Like Dan, Mr. Werner also had a chance to talk with coach Sendek last night, and he mentioned that the former NC State head coach encouraged them to wait and see who the Wolfpack hires before choosing to go in another direction.

"I talked with coach Sendek, and he said sit back and wait," Mr. Werner said. "He said NC State is a great institution and has a great basketball program. He apologized six or seven times to me on the phone, and I understand where he's coming from because he has to look out for him and his family.

"I honestly hope that they bring the right guy in because I should have two kids going there. My daughter is heading down there this year too. I hope the situation works out and the other players stay."

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