Dennis Horner (#134 6-7 195) is the prototype for the kind of recruit that Coach John Beilein is hoping to bring to Morgantown on an annual basis. A long, lanky prospect with excellent potential, Horner does what all Beilein recruits must do first and foremost, he can flat-out shoot the ball.
An excellent student-athlete from Holy Spirit High School in Linwood, New Jersey, Horner has watched his recruitment explode over the last three months. And why not? Horner is a versatile offensive player with the ability to score in a variety of ways. He runs the court well and shows solid defensive instincts and hustle.
"WVU definitely leads." Horner said. "I want to play at the top level so I'm mostly looking at the Big East and ACC." Other schools mentioned by the versatile horner were Notre Dame, Connecticut, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
During the week of ABCD Camp, Horner has demonstrated more ability to rebound in traffic and mix it up in the paint than was anticipated. He is averaging 7.7 points through three games while shooting 58.3 percent (7 of 12) from the field and one for one from behind the 3-pt. line. He's also gone 8-9 from the free throw line.
"I know WVU's system would really fit with what I do best." Horner said. "I‘m strong fundamentally and try to get my teammates involved in the offense. But shooting is what I do best.
"I'm going to Morgantown soon for the Harley-Davidson tournament with my AAU team." Horner said of next weekend's event. "I realize WVU's system best fits my talent and skills and the opportunity to play right away is there."
Despite the increase in recruiting attention, and the likelihood that even more schools may come calling, Horner is looking to end the process before his final high school season begins.
"I want to make a decision before I start my senior year to take away any stress or pressure." Horner said.
If things go as West Virginia fans hope, Horner will soon be launching from downtown in Blue and Gold.
Will Harris (#82 6-5 225), flanked by his mother and other family members made it official for Connecticut at camp. The swingman had originally committed to Nebraska but changed his mind and will now attend college in Storrs.
Casiem Drummond (#179 6-10 280) from Bloomfield Tech High School in Bloomfield, New Jersey also announced that he intends to enroll at Villanova.
DeSean Butler (#156 6-6 205) a teammate of Drummond's at Bloomfield Tech, and, a WVU recruiting target, said he is in no hurry to make a decision and wants to take his official visits. On Thursday afternoon Butler said he has offers from WVU, Seton Hall, Rutgers and Big East newcomer DePaul.
Herb Pope, (#126 6-7 220) has played well so far in camp. The junior-to-be prospect and a Pitt verbal commit has showed he should definitely be considered one of the top players in the country next season.
Of the almost 200 campers this week, four are from other countries. The camper who came the farthest distance? Jianghua Chen (#12 6-0 165) from Beijing, China. Chen has showed excellent quickness but has struggled at times with his passes and ball skills against the competition. Lanny Van Eman was responsible for getting Chen to camp as he has coached part-time for several years in China.