N.C. State has had success with transfer guards. Torin Dorn hopes that trend continues.
Dorn, the leading scorer for the Charlotte 49ers last season and the Conference USA freshman of the year, has decided to transfer to N.C. State.
Dorn (6-5, 201 pounds) has to sit out the 2015-16 season but will have three years of eligibility with the Wolfpack.
“They have a reputation for developing guys that transfer,” Dorn said.
N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried has made four straight NCAA tournament appearances with the help of transfer guards Alex Johnson (Cal State Bakersfield), Ralston Turner (LSU) and Trevor Lacey (Alabama). Terry Henderson (West Virginia) sat out last season under NCAA rules and is expected to be one of the main scorers for Gottfried’s team next season.
Dorn, who is from Charlotte, led the 49ers with 12.0 points per game and added 3.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists in his first college season. He also made 50.5 percent of his field goal attempts (147 of 291).
“I pride myself as a finisher and my mid-range game is polished,” Dorn said. “But I want to improve my range.”
Dorn gives the Wolfpack another versatile guard on the 2016-17 roster to potentially go with Henderson, the Martin twins and Shaun Kirk.
Dorn started 16 games and averaged 27.5 minutes per game. He had a career-best 26 points in a 74-66 road loss to Western Kentucky.
Dorn said his primary goal in the year he has to sit out is to work on his 3-point shot and his ball-handling. He made 34.2 percent of his 3-pointers (27 of 79) last season and said his goal is to top 40 percent.
“I don’t want the year to go to waste,” Dorn said. “It’s a chance for me to work on my game and get better.”
Dorn decided to leave Charlotte after a 14-18 season and the school fired coach Alan Major. Dorn chose N.C. State over Miami.
He will be the second member of his family to play in the Triangle. His father, Torin Dorn Sr. was a cornerback at North Carolina, a fourth-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Raiders in 1990 and spent seven years in the NFL.
Dorn said his dad, despite the rivalry, was happy with his decision.
“He said he’ll look good in red,” Dorn said.