Battling a jammed middle finger, NC State signee Dennis Horner scored 19 points as South Jersey Select rolled over the Arkansas Hawks in an early afternoon pool play game at the Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions.
Horner didn't shoot the ball well, hitting just 4-of-13 from the field, but he attacked the basket on numerous occasions and converted 10-of-11 free throw attempts.
"We played more as a team today," Horner said after the win. "My shot was off today, and they were smaller than the team last night, so I tried to get to the basket more."
Horner scored 11 first-half points to help South Jersey Select jump out to a 41-22 halftime advantage. But he spent much of the second half on the bench, tending to his injured hand and resting for his team's final pool game scheduled for later Saturday night.
Horner added five rebounds, two steals, and two assists.
"My finger was bothering me pretty bad out there. It's a little fat right now, but I'll be fine."
Horner eased any lingering doubts on his status as a Wolfpack signee, as he stated his intentions to enroll at NC State next fall.
"I'm definitely coming to NC State this year," Horner said. "There are no other schools that I'm going to talk to."
As for what role he expects with the Wolfpack next year, Horner declined to speculate.
"I'm not sure what my role will be," he said. "I haven't had a chance to talk to coach Lowe yet, but he said we will play a more up-tempo style, which sounds good to me. Hopefully I'll be able to come in a contribute as a freshman."