First hand views of the recruits

Dennis Horner – 6’7″ 190 lbs

I watched Horner play in the Bob Gibbons tournament this past weekend. It was the first time I have seen him play and I was impressed. He is listed as 6’7″ with good speed for his size. I did not measure him but his height seemed about right. He has great form on his shot and looks very comfortable when shooting the ball. He is a good passer and his handle is on par with Gavin Grant’s. He is a very smart player that seems to make the right play at the right time. As for negatives, he does not appear to be a great jumper and is very thin.

Given our lack of experienced guards, he will have ample opportunity to earn playing time. He has the ball handling, shooting and vision to play guard but will be more comfortable at the 3. Horner will benefit immensely from our coaching staff’s guard experience and has the potential to be a very good player. Defensively, I think his height will allow him to guard most guards but he will have trouble with the quicker ones.

Dan Werner – 6’7″ 220 lbs

I saw Dan play in the Glaxo tournament in December. He has a very mature physique that will allow him to guard most big men. He has a nice looking shot and a great feel for the game (this is a trait both Horner and Werner both posses). He has been tabbed as a “Princeton Offense” type but has more athletic ability than that label would indicate. With the apparent loss of Ced, he will get time playing post defense. I hope Lowe is able to convince him to honor his commitment to NCSU.

Larry Davis – 6’3″ 175 lbs

I saw Davis play in the Glaxo tournament as well. I was impressed with his athletic ability and hsi overall game. His shot and defense both need work. I think Lowe would have been very good for Davis and am disapointed he did not give him a chance. He would have had every opportunity to earn playing time next year, but might have been recruited over in time.

I also saw Fells, McCauley, Costner and Harris (son not coach) working the clock at the Horner game. I hope this means McCauley is not going anywhere.