Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Major's 2nd freshman recruit 'still growing'

Mike Thorne, a 6-10 center who verbally committed to Charlotte's men's basketball program earlier this week, isn't close to finishing growing or developing his game, his high school coach says.

"He's one of those kids who has developed late, like most 'bigs' do," said Heath Vandevender, the coach at Fayetteville's Trinity Christian, where Thorne will be a senior this season.

Vandevender confirmed that Thorne became new 49ers coach Alan Major's second freshman recruit (following guard Luka Voncina) earlier this week after making his official visit over the weekend.

"He's taking a while to catch up with his body," said Vandevender, who said Thorne averaged 5.0 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.3 blocks as a part-time starter as a junior last season.

"He's about 244 pounds now, so he looks skinny. But he's still growing. He might be 6-11 by the time he gets to Charlotte."

Vandevender said Thorne has a 2.9 GPA -- and size 18 shoes. He transferred to Trinity Christian after his freshman year at Fayetteville Westover.

Vandevender said Thorne had narrowed his college choices to Winthrop, Tulane, Western Carolina, Marquette and James Madison. He had already visited Winthrop, Tulane and James Madison.

Elijah Carter, a guard from Brewster (N.H.) Academy is making his official visit to Charlotte this weekend

Major has already signed guard DeMario Mayfield, a transfer from Georgia who will sit out this season. The 49ers are also in the running for shooting guard Terrence Williams of West Mecklenburg and small forward E. Victor Nickerson of Norcross, Ga.


Niner National said...

Luka Voncina was Major's first freshman recruit.

He will be a freshman and play this year if his coursework from Slovenia is ok'd by the NCAA.

Observer Sports said...

you're right!

Anonymous said...

Welcome to Niner Nation Mike!! GO NINERS!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow this guy looks like a flat out dud. Can we bring Moxley back?

Niner National said...

why, do you want more JUCO's? That's about all Moxley was good for the last 3-4 years, Braswell excluded.

I'm glad to see Major and co. have made NC a priority. This state has some of the best talent in the country.

Competition for that talent is tough with Chapel Hill, State, Duke, Wake, Clemson, South Carolina, ECU, Charlotte, Davidson, Appalachian, and Wilmington all fielding respectable (or better) basketball programs, but if Major only lands one or two a year, I'll consider that success.