RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Conference USA freshman of the year Torin Dorn hopes to be another transfer success story for North Carolina State.Dorn spent last season at Charlotte and was the 49ers’ leading scorer, but decided to transfer after a coaching change.
In an interview with The Associated Press on Monday, Dorn said he chose the Wolfpack because of a desire to stay in his home state and due to coach Mark Gottfried’s successful history with transfers.
“I liked the plan Coach Gottfried laid out for me in terms of my development and my role in the program going forward,” Dorn said.
Gottfried has utilized transfers since arriving at N.C. State before the 2011-12 season. He added a valuable rotation guard in graduate transfer Alex Johnson from Cal-State Bakersfield that year. He then found a two-year backcourt starter in LSU transfer Ralston Turner followed by an all-Atlantic Coast Conference performer in combo guard Trevor Lacey from Alabama last season.
West Virginia transfer Terry Henderson sat out last year, but will be eligible this season to take Turner’s spot.
Dorn, whose father Torin Sr. played football at rival North Carolina and in the NFL, averaged 12 points and shot 51 percent last year. The 6-foot-5 native of Charlotte must sit out this season then have three years of eligibility.
He plans to improve his ball-handling so he can play both guard positions.
“I’ll just approach it as a year to get better, become more mature and improve my weaknesses,” he said. “I have a detailed plan of what I want to improve and it’s just attack that every day and compete every day against ACC talent. When the year’s up, I’ll be ready to play.”
Dorn said he also considered Miami before informing Wolfpack coaches of his decision Sunday.