Werner Back From Raleigh

Lincroft (NJ) Christian Brothers Academy forward Dan Werner returned from NC State today as he concluded his final visit and had a chance to meet with new Wolfpack head coach Sidney Lowe. His father, Ron Werner, spoke briefly with Pack Pride about his son's recruitment.

Lincroft (NJ) Christian Brothers Academy forward Dan Werner returned from NC State today as he concluded his final visit and had a chance to meet with new Wolfpack head coach Sidney Lowe. His father, Ron Werner, spoke briefly with Pack Pride about his son's recruitment.

"It was a nice visit," Mr. Werner said. "Sidney Lowe is knowledgeable and an outgoing guy. I think he has put a good staff together, and I think he will do good down there."

Dan also spent some time with Lowe trying to figure out what type of system the new head coach will run and how he would fit in.

"They said if he had a little guy he would post him up and if a bigger guy was on him they would use Danny on the wing," Mr. Werner said. "Coach Lowe is going to play a little different game than what Sendek played."

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."

Does one school stick out for Werner?

"I think he's probably down to two or three, but he hasn't really said which one he's favoring," Mr. Werner stated. "I tried to tell him to stay open-minded until he met Sidney and now it's his decision to make."

Should Werner choose to play for another school, all indications are that he will be given a full release by NC State because he honored the conditional release initially established with the Wolfpack.

A decision could come as early as this week from Werner, who is a hot commodity now with offers from Florida, Kentucky, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Notre Dame, and Seton Hall also on the table.

"I think he's going to think on this for a couple of days and then make a decision on where he wants to be," said Mr. Werner. "We're hoping to have it by the end of the week. It's not been easy for him either. He wants to get to wherever he's going because summer school is starting soon and he wants to be able to attend summer school."


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