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West Virginia recruit Dennis Horner confirmed what many Mountaineer fans were hoping Friday. The South Jersey Select sharpshooter said he had offers from N.C State, Notre Dame, Miami and many smaller Division I schools. But Horner indicated a clear favorite in West Virginia.

"They're really the only clear leader right now," Horner said. "I will go home after this tourney and talk with my parents and see what we all think."

Horner's recruiting heat has been turned up in recent weeks, especially after the 6-9 forward impressed at the ABCD camp. Horner has visited West Virginia unofficially and it was anticipated that he might commit to the Mountaineers this weekend.

"I think he is the best player in New Jersey right now," said Bob Edmunds, Horner's AAU coach. "The biggest thing he brings is the ability to handle the ball on any point on the floor. It always ends up a mismatch. Somebody 6-10 is not used to having to play 60-plus feet of defense."

Horner wouldn't be forced to handle the ball as much in West Virginia's offense, obviously, but his deadly shooting and solid slashing style make for a perfect John Beilein-style player.

"He plays good interior defense, he plays good perimeter defense," Edmunds continued. "He has range on his shot and he can take the ball to the hoop. He has those little intangibles where we can post him up or we can put him out on the wing. He can shoot it or drive and there are not many that can do it as well as he can."

Horner's South Jersey Select team won both of its games on Friday without Horner, who suffered a left-knee sprain when he was fouled and a pile of players fell on his leg. That injury will keep him out of the rest of the Hoop Group AAU tournament, but it won't keep him from a planned tour of Morgantown with teammates tonight.

"I really enjoyed everything on my first visit," Horner said.


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