Moctoberfest is a month-long celebration of Chattanooga Mocs men's basketball. It includes historical moments, social media interactions and introduction to UTC's freshmen among the myriad of video tributes and stories.
Day 12 introduces freshman guard Gee McGhee (Baton Rouge, La.). At first glance, McGhee is not what he appears. He is listed as a freshman on the roster, but he certainly comes off as an older student-athlete in a number of ways.
"Gee McGhee, that's one tough guy," said head coach John Shulman. "This summer he became our vocal leader. You don't expect a freshman to be a vocal leader, but he was. He's a unique blend. He's got a big smile off the court, but he'll kill you on it.
"That kind of competitiveness...that's what you want."
Having the vocal swagger of a veteran is backed by the body of one as well. When watching film, you have to be reminded he is just a first-year performer.
"Gee is 6-5, 205 pounds," Shulman added. "He is a man on the wing. Gee has combo guard skills. He can handle it, he can shoot it and he can defend it. We are very excited about what Gee brings to the court."
McGhee chose Chattanooga over Murray State and Arkansas State. He led Redemptorist High School in Baton Rouge to 99 wins during his prep career playing for Tim Waller, Jr.
He averaged in double-digits all four seasons including 29.2 points per contest as a senior. He posted 26.2 points per game as a junior. He ranked No. 11 in the state by Scout.com, No. 3 shooting guard, heading into the fall of 2011.
The son of Cheryl and Ronnie McGhee, Gee played AAU ball for his dad and the Bayou Flames. He also teamed up with fellow Mocs freshman Casey Jones on the Louisiana Dynasty.
Chattanooga opens the season Monday, November 12, against Tennessee Temple in McKenzie Arena at 7 p.m. Season tickets for a school-record 18-game home slate are available. Call 266-MOCS (6627), go online here at GoMocs.com or stop by the Gate One McKenzie Arena Ticket Office.
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1 - First NCAA DI Game
2 - Walter "Moose" McGary
3 - Stephen McDowell
4 - 1980 Recruiting Class
5 - Gerald Wilkins 4-point Play
6 - Social Media Factoid: UTC's 10 NCAA appearances are the most in the SoCon since joining the league in 1977-78. Leaders: Chattanooga 10, Davidson 7, ETSU 6, Marshall 3, App State 2, Furman 2, Wofford 2, Western Carolina 1, UNCG 1 and College of Charleston 1. Sources: http://twitter.com/GoMocsMBB & http://www.facebook.com/ChattanoogaMocs
7 - LeVert Threats to Keith Nelson Buzzer-Beater
8 - 1st NCAA Tournament Win
9 - Social Media Factoid: Today's Moctoberfest Factoid is in honor of tomorrow's 30 minutes or less ticket promotion. Derrick Kirce holds the UTC record for career 30-point games with 5 in his 2 seasons (1990-91). He scored 1,113 points which is a school record for a two-year player averaging 19.5 points per contest, another all-time leading mark. Chad Copeland (1993-94) is the only Moc with back-to-back 30-pt games. He scored 30 in a home win over Southern Miss on Jan. 2, 1994 and followed with 33 keying a one-point road win three nights later at Furman. Sources: http://twitter.com/GoMocsMBB & http://www.facebook.com/ChattanoogaMocs
10 - Drazen Zlovaric Makes ESPN Top 10 Plays
11 - TRIVIA GIVEAWAY: Who led the Mocs in scoring in the two 1997 NCAA Tournament wins over Georgia and Illinois? Answer: Willie Young with 39 (24 vs. UGa/15 vs. Illini).
12 - Meet Gee McGhee
13 - Mocs Top Moments Video
14 - Meet Alex Bran
15 - Meet Eric Robertson