Dorn sparking Seymour to a perfect start this season

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SEYMOUR (WLUK) -- Two years ago Mason Dorn was a freshman and a reserve on the Seymour basketball team.

It's likely not many outside the program thought he would develop into a major player because of his size.

Fast-forward two years and Dorn has grown about half a foot and now teams are paying the price.

Dorn, along with fellow backcourt mate Riley Murphy, is leading the Thunder to a terrific start to the season. After Thursday's 95-38 win over Menasha, Seymour is 10-0 and Dorn is averaging 29 points per game.

Ask the junior about his play and he would prefer to deflect any praise.

"Just working hard in the offseason, and teammates are playing well together and we're just clicking as a team," Dorn said. "Having fun."

Seymour coach Jon Murphy raves about Dorn's development.

"He was a little kid as a freshman, that kid that everyone said, 'What's the manager doing out there?'" Murphy said. "But he was a supremely skilled kid always and last year he was a nice player and averaged 13 points per game. He has taken his game to a whole new level.

"Part of that is just physical maturity. You combine that with his relentlessness, and his confidence, along with his skill level, a pretty special player."

Dorn and Riley Murphy, a senior, at one point this season, combined to average 46 points per game and after Thursday's blowout win, combine to average 42 points. Whether it is 42 or 46, Jon Murphy says getting that type of production from the backcourt puts is team in a great position.

"When you get two kids that step on the court and score 40, 50 points between them, that's a really good start every night," Jon Murphy said. "They really work well together and like the direction the team is going."

Jon Murphy has had other great backcourts in his 33 years at Seymour, including Sandy Cohen and Dakota Oskey, who led Seymour to a 23-2 record in 2013-14. That team reached a sectional semifinal but was derailed by a sprained ankle to Oskey.

They had great talent, but Murphy believes this team is better. Time will tell.

As for Dorn, Riley Murphy loves playing with Dorn, who scored 40 points in a win against Xavier on Tuesday.

"I mean, it's insane," Riley Murphy said. "It's incredible playing with him because obviously it makes it easier for everyone else. . When he's scoring 40, everyone else is getting open. It helps everyone."

Dorn, who has scored at least 25 points in seven of 10 games, has confidence in himself but even he didn't quite expect this.

"We're playing really well together, we're pushing it up the court, getting great shots and having fun out there," he said. "I wasn't expecting to score this much or do as much for the team, but I just go out there play as hard as I can and do as much as I can for the team."

And so far that has been plenty.

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