Dorn Has Options

Torin Dorn had a solid freshman season for Charlotte, but after the decision he felt it would be in his best interests to transfer out of the program.

Torin Dorn had a solid freshman season for Charlotte, but after the decision he felt it would be in his best interests to transfer out of the program.

Charlotte fired head coach Alan Major and that factored into Dorn's decision.

"There were several reasons why I decided to transfer," said Dorn. "The coaching change and uncertainty around the program was one of the factors that led to me leaving and pursuing other options."

A 6-foot-5, 201-pound shooting guard, Dorn led the 49ers in scoring as a freshman (12.0 ppg) while shooting 50.5% from the field and 34.5% from 3-point range. His play led to him being named Conference USA Freshman of the Year.

"Individually, I had a good season," he said. "We didn't have the best year as a team thought, but I played well. I still feel like I didn't shoot as well as I could and that's a big interest for me moving forward."

Dorn said that Charlotte has released him to all schools outside of those within Conference USA, Tennessee, and Davidson. As of now, he is seriously considering four: Miami, NC State, Texas, and Florida. He shared his thoughts on all four of those programs with Pack Pride.

Miami: "I really like the coaching staff there. They have a good reputation with transfers there... as far as them being able to come in and play right away."

NC State: "I like the coaching staff too, and I feel like they are close to home. They've had recent success with transfers Trevor Lacey and Terry Henderson at my position. They do well with guys that sit out."

Texas: "Coach Smart, I think he's a great coach, and I feel like my athleticism can fit their style of play. I think I'd fit in there."

Florida: "The coach there now was at Louisiana Tech, and we played against them when I was at Charlotte. I like their style of play too."

Assistant coach Bobby Lutz is recruiting Dorn for the Wolfpack, although Dorn added he's also spent time talking with head coach Mark Gottfried. What has been NC State's pitch?

"Coach Lutz and coach Gottfried have been telling me that I can come in and play both guard spots when I'm eligible," said Dorn. "They believe I can broaden my game by playing the two and the one. They think sitting out a year could help me improve and be able to do that for them.

"We've been talking about how I could go there and play close to home and help them take the next step. They just went to the Sweet Sixteen so if I went in there I could maybe help them reach the Elite Eight or a Final Four."

One potential x-factor in Dorn's recruitment could be his younger brother, Myles Dorn. The younger Dorn is a rising senior at Vance (NC) High School and holds multiple scholarship offers, from programs like NC State, Wake Forest, and North Carolina, the alma mater of their father. According to Torin, the brothers have talked about potentially attending the same school.

"We've talked about that a lot," he said, laughing. "We talk about it all the time. It's something that I could see happening, but I just don't know. Because I have to sit out a year, we'd be close eligibility-wise. It's not definite or anything, but we've talked about it."

So far, Dorn has scheduled a visit for June 3rd to Miami, and he added that he is in the process of finalizing visits to NC State, Florida, and Texas.

"I don't have an exact timeframe for making a decision, but I want to attend a summer school session," he said. "So I'm hoping to have it done by the end of June. I don't want to drag it out a long time... I should know after I take all the visits."

He pointed out that he doesn't have a leader and will weigh several factors.

"I'm looking for a school where I'll be a major factor in what they are doing moving forward," said Dorn. "I want a place where I can blossom and reach my full potential and be successful."

Dorn must sit out the next season, and he'll have three years of eligibility remaining.

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