Still Committed

NC State signee Dan Werner had a huge senior season, and he is now considered one of the nation's top players.

But with a new staff in place at NC State, his status is in limbo. His father, Ron Werner, talked briefly with Pack Pride, and he mentioned that the Werner family has spoken with new Wolfpack head coach Sidney Lowe.

"I was able to talk with coach Lowe and coach Harris," Mr. Werner said. "The talks went really well. I can tell coach Lowe knows the game, and he talked a little about what he planned to do. He's certainly a likeable guy."

As with fellow signees Dennis Horner and Larry Davis, Werner has a decision to make. Will he remain committed to NC State or will he asked to be released from his letter of intent?

"Nothing has changed with us," Mr. Werner stated. "As of now Dan is still committed to NC State and talking with them.

"As of now I don't envision anything changing anytime soon."

In what was labeled a "rebuilding year" at the beginning of the season, Dan 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 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.

He committed to NC State relatively early in the process, an unknown to most recruiting analysts. He ended the year ranked No. 70 in the class of 2006 according to Scout.com, the nation's No. 16 power forward prospect.

Werner's huge senior season could lead to increased interest from other programs should he become available, as he originally picked the Wolfpack over West Virginia, Notre Dame, Rutgers, and St. Joe's among others. Other teams that could be in the mix include Seton Hall and Georgetown.

Due to NCAA rules, Werner can't have any contact with other colleges unless he is released from his letter of intent.

"He can't visit any other schools without NC State's permission," Mr. Werner said. "He can't do that because he is still signed with NC State."

Mr. Werner also informed Pack Pride that Dan's older sister still plans on enrolling at NC State this fall as a transfer student.


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