Werner Returns From Kentucky

6-foot-7, 220 pound forward Dan Werner and his family visited Lexington, Ky. and the University of Kentucky during this past week. Dan's father, Ron, shared with Scout.com, his comments and thoughts from the visit.

"It was a very nice visit," Ron Werner, father of Dan Werner confirmed to Scout.com. "They are very nice people and it's a very nice program. It's a beautiful campus. I think Dan liked what he saw and how they treated him."

The surprise visit left the staff and the administration at UK in scrambling mode as they looked for sufficient ways to occupy the family during a generally down-time on campus.

"Dan liked it," the elder Werner said, "they have top of the line facilities, a great academic situation and a great coach. I would still have to say at this time, though, NC State is still the team to beat for his services."

Werner and Larry Davis signed with North Carolina State in the fall and, following the Wolfpack's hiring of Sidney Lowe to replace Herb Sendek (now at Arizona State), have been given the opportunity to check other schools while considering whether or not to follow through on their request for a release from the National Letter of Intent.

"We've been honest with everyone through the process in saying that NC State is still where he's leaning," Werner stated. "We've still got two official visits left. Next Thursday we're going to go out to Pittsburgh and then the following week, we're going down to the University of Florida for a visit. In between, we're going to see Seton Hall, Rutgers, Saint Josephs and possibly, St. Johns for unofficial visits."

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.

"It's an interesting situation, because for so long we thought we were done," Werner added. "For me to say that Kentucky changed his mind is unfair and is not fair to NC State. We're just trying to get a feel and weigh the options a little bit, but NC State is the team everyone has to compete against."

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