Thorne To A-10

Carolina Challenge alum Mike Thorne, a big man out of Fayetteville, committed to Charlotte on Monday.

Alan Major wants to make the Charlotte 49ers a viable option for in-state players. On Monday, the new coach accepted a commitment from Mike Thorne, a 6-foot-9 center out of Fayetteville Trinity Christian.

Last year, the school produced Top 50 center Damontre Harris and this time around, the late-blooming Thorne is headed to the Atlantic 10.

"Mike had 12 Division I offers and he already visited James Madison and Tulane," Trinity coach Heath Vandevender told Thorne averaged 5 points and 6 rebounds as a junior behind Harris. Vandevender said he's not the same guy.

"He's 17 years old. He's better now that even in July." Thorne was the toast of the AAU Nationals when he had a breakout event.

At the Nationals, Thorne displayed an aggressive nature that previously wasn't there. He played with presence in the paint, attempted to dunk what he could and pursued rebounds. His improvement was noticeable as he transformed himself from a borderline DI player last year to a coveted mid-major interior prospect.

"Coach Ryan Odom and Coach Major started recruiting Mike in June and have done a tremendous job building a relationship with Mike and his parents."

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