Guard Torin Dorn, the Charlotte 49ers’ leading scorer this season, was named Conference USA’s freshman of the year Tuesday.
Dorn, who played at Charlotte’s Vance High, averaged 11.8 points per game, which also leads the league’s freshmen. His biggest game came against Western Kentucky in January, when he scored 26 points and had 10 rebounds.
“It was one of my goals once we got into the season when I realized that I was going to play a lot and be able to contribute to the team,” said Dorn. “The first goal is winning. Everybody has individual goals. I feel that if I am doing what I can to help the team win that individual goals will come within that framework.”
49ers senior point guard Pierria Henry was also named to C-USA’s all-defensive team. Henry, who also made the team last season (as well as the Atlantic 10’s all-defensive team as a sophomore), leads the league in steals (2.45 per game).
Old Dominion’s Trey Freeman, a transfer from Campbell, was named Conference USA’s newcomer of the year. Texas-El Paso forward Julian Washburn is the defensive player of the year, while Alabama-Birmingham’s Chris Cokley is sixth man of the year.