Torin Dorn Jr., who captured Conference USA freshman of the year honors this past season at Charlotte, has enrolled with Mark Gottfried’s program and, after sitting out the 2015-16 campaign, becomes eligible as a sophomore the following year.
Dorn is a versatile wing player who averaged 12 points per game as a freshman to lead the 49ers in scoring, despite starting only half the team’s games. He shot over 50 percent from the floor and 34 percent on threes, very solid marks for a rookie.
Incidentally, Dorn is the son of Torin Dorn Sr. — who played football at archrival UNC and ultimately in the NFL as a cornerback. Even more incidentally, Dorn Sr. was a collegiate teammate of quarterback Mark Maye, whose son Luke also chose a basketball path and will be a freshman with the Tar Heels this season.
Dorn’s addition to NCSU’s program is more significant than the relatively muted news it generated would illustrate. He’s a fine athlete with strength, skill and a confident, economical playing style that should endear him to the Wolfpack coaching staff.
Moreover, at the final Dave Telep Carolina Challenge, in 2013, Dorn’s enthusiastic and vocal play compelled one of the event’s coaches to inform me that, “He’s the best leader I’ve ever coached at a camp.”
Dorn also considered Miami and others prior to choosing the Wolfpack.