CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.---The Chattanooga Mocs basketball team is in high gear preparing for the start of the 2013-14 season. Here are some notes as we await the opening tip in McKenzie Arena on Friday, November 8.
OPEN PRACTICE SATURDAY OCTOBER 12
Head Coach Will Wade is offering a first view of Chaos for fans on Saturday October 12. The squad hits the McKenzie Arena floor at 11 a.m., and for 90 minutes, it performs and interacts with supporters on a special campus weekend.
“It’s exciting to do it in conjunction with Homecoming,” Wade said. “We talk about being the city’s team and being here for our alumni, fans and students. This is a chance to engage those that mean most to us. Anyone can come to this event.
“We want them to know we are working hard for them and appreciate their support while making sure they know basketball season is just around the corner.”
FRESHMAN GREG PRYOR IS OFF TO GOOD START
One of the questions leading into the 2013-14 season is point guard. The position is wide open with a few options, one of who is freshman Greg Pryor (Memphis, Tenn.).
Pryor was added to the Mocs roster in June after a good career at Ridgeway High School. He ended his senior year earning Memphis Commercial Appeal Best of Preps honors after posting 13 points, four rebounds and three assists per game for Wes Henning’s Roadrunners which were ranked nationally in USA Today’s Super 25 during the season.
“Greg’s our most natural point guard,” Head Coach Will Wade noted. “He’s played it throughout high school and AAU. He has a real calmness about him at the position.
“He’s a very good ball-handler, and he gets to spots on the floor which we really, really like,” Wade continued. “He’s very good when he’s attacking and aggressive coming downhill off of our ball-screen and driving actions. The game’s really slowed down for him the last week to 10 days.”
Perhaps, most importantly with Wade’s Chaos attack of pressure defense and up-tempo offense, Pryor comes to Chattanooga with a reputation of a top-notch defender.
“Certainly that’s an advantage,” Wade added. “He knows exactly what to do as the ball goes through the basket. He’s almost too aggressive on the press which is what you like. Sometimes we have to back him off a little bit. It’s a big advantage.
“Greg has good leadership qualities and he’s starting have much better command of the point guard position which is something we’ve worked with him on,” Wade concluded. Coach (Turner) Battle has done a really, really good job with him, developing him and getting him game ready by the time we tip in November.”
HOUTS TO WALK-ON IN 2013-14
Former Dade County (Ga.) High School standout Andrew Houts joins the Mocs as a walk-on in 2013-14. The guard most recently played at Chattanooga State C.C., in 2011-12 after beginning his career at Columbus State University.
Houts tallied nearly 2,500 points in his career at Dade County playing for Glen Hicks. He was a two-time first team All-State selection at Dade County High School playing for Glen Hicks. His junior and senior seasons, he was also honored as the Chattanooga Times Free Press “Best of Preps” Player of the Year for North Georgia. The Wolverines won more than 70 games in his final three seasons.
Andrew competed for former Tennessee guard Jay Price at Chattanooga State averaging 13.5 points and 1.5 steals per contest. He shot 38.5 percent from three-point range, making 2.8 per game, and 81.3 percent from the free throw line. Houts’ high of 31 points came against Vol State making seven three-pointers. He scored 22 points twice in matchups with Columbia State and Walters State.
He has two years of eligibility remaining.
TICKETS ON SALE
Season tickets are available on GoMocs.com or by calling (423) 266-MOCS (6627). Plenty of good seats remain in the newly-renovated lower bowl. Single game tickets go on sale Monday, October 14.