'NC State Is Still The Team To Beat'

Pack Pride spoke briefly with Ron Werner, Dan Werner's father, regarding Dan's conditional release from NC State.

"There are three different types of releases," Mr. Werner told Pack Pride. "A conditional release is a release where a school lets you reopen your recruitment.

"NC State is still Dan's first choice, but we've got four official visits we can take, and we can take all the unofficial visits we want."

Several schools are in the mix for Werner's services.

"I'm primarily looking at Pitt, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Rutgers, St. John's and St. Joes," Dan Werner told Scout.com on Thursday evening. "I was set to visit Notre Dame on Friday but my flight was canceled. I'm going to have to fly up the next day. I believe I'll be visiting Pitt the week after. I'm only going to make four visits."

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.

"My best skill is probably my passing. I think it's my strength."
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.

"I started the season as a top 300 player. My ranking changed after a strong season," stated Werner. "Your network, Scout.com, ranked me the 70th best player in the nation after the season.

"I'm primarily a perimeter player. I can post up if I have to, but I tend to stretch defenses with my shooting. I can hit the three-pointer if you need it. My best skill is probably my passing. I think it's my strength."

This release gives Werner and his family a fair chance to evaluate their options. Because new Wolfpack head coach Sidney Lowe is unable to meet with the family due to NCAA rules, this release opens the door for Werner to be a recruitable athlete again, although NC State will have the last chance and keeping him signed.

"All we have is a release and hopefully Sidney can come up and things can work out with NC State," said Mr. Werner. "State has been nice enough to let us explore some options. It also gives Sidney time to finish his business, and it's a mutual deal we've agreed on.

"Once Sidney is done and he gets here we can go from there," Mr. Werner added. "NC State is still the team to beat right now. It's been that way for a year now, and we know what we have there."

Should Werner elect to sign with another school, NC State and Werner would complete another NCAA Release Form. NC State would either issue a "complete release" or "no release." According to NCAA rules, if a full release is not granted at this time, Werner would have to sit out a year at the school he chooses.

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