|49ers Signs Two Local Prep Standouts|
Charlotte, N.C. -- Charlotte 49ers fourth-year head men's basketball coach Alan Major has announced the signing of a pair of 6-4 Charlotte prep standout guards: Torin Dorn Jr. (Charlotte, N.C./Vance HS) and Keyshawn Woods (Gastonia, N.C./Northside Christian) for the 49ers 2014-15 recruiting class.
“We are extremely excited about having Keyshawn and Torin join the 49ers basketball program,” Major said. “They are both Charlotte kids which reflects our recruiting plan. When we came to Charlotte we wanted to put a fence around the city of Charlotte. Keyshawn and Torin are both committed to getting better and to winning. They both have very bright futures.”
Dorn, whose father Torin Dorn Sr. played seven seasons in the NFL for the Los Angeles Raiders and the St. Louis Rams, is ranked as the 13th best player in the state of North Carolina by ESPN.
“Torin is an outstanding young man,” Major said. “We are thrilled to have him join the 49ers program. He is a strong student and a terrific young player.”
Last season, Dorn earned All-Area and All-Conference honors in helping Vance to a 20-7 record and a berth in the state playoffs. He also earned All-Area and All-Conference honors as a junior. Last summer, he was named MVP of the Five-Star Camp at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. Dorn plays AAU ball for the Carolina Warriors.
“Torin is the complete package,” Vance coach William Robinson said. “He is a very articulate and polite young man. He is an outstanding student-athlete. He is a very fundamentally sound player who does multiple things well on the basketball court.”
Woods is ranked the 11th best player in the state of North Carolina by ESPN. He played his first two seasons of high school basketball at Gaston Day before moving to Northside Christian Academy as a junior.
“Keyshawn is a terrific young man,” Major said. “He has a great feel for the game. He can play either guard spot. We are excited about him joining the 49ers program.”
Woods helped Northside Christian Academy, which is coached by one of the 49ers all-time greats Byron Dinkins (1985-89); capture the NCISAA 2A State Championship with a 32-2 record last season. Last season, Woods averaged 15 points, six rebounds and five assists en route to earning All-State and All-Conference honors. He has been nominated for McDonald’s All-American honors. Woods plays for AAU ball for Team Charlotte.
“I am happy with the choice that Keyshawn made,” said Dinkins, who had his Charlotte 49ers jersey retired, October 16, 1997. “His family and friends are excited to be able to watch him play college basketball so close to home. He is a well-rounded player and an excellent teammate and leader.”
Dorn Jr. and Woods join a 49ers basketball program that won 21 games and earned a bid to the NIT last season.