Werner Eliminates State

Lincroft (NJ) Christian Brothers Academy forward Dan Werner visited NC State this week to meet new Wolfpack head coach Sidney Lowe, but the talented forward has cut his list to two schools and is no longer considering the ACC program, according to sources close to the situation.

Dan Werner, a 6-foot-9 senior forward at Christian Brothers Academy (N.J.) who has been granted a conditional release following the coaching change at N.C. State, will choose between defending national champion Florida and Kentucky, according to sources close to the situation.

Werner is expected to choose between the pair within the next 48 hours.

Werner originally inked with NC State in November after choosing the Wolfpack over a host of programs, including West Virginia, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, and St. Joe's.

In what was labeled a "rebuilding year" at the beginning of the season, Werner led CBA to a stellar 27-2 record as a senior. 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.

After Herb Sendek left NC State, Werner received his conditional release and several schools joined the mix. Now he has cut it down to Kentucky and Florida and appears to be headed to the SEC this fall.

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