CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- Chattanooga Mocs head basketball coach John Shulman announced a big addition to his 2011-12 roster Wednesday in Z. Mason (Nashville, Tenn.). Mason comes to the Scenic City from Ole Miss where he played football.
"Z was probably our No. 1 target in the 2009 signing class," said Shulman. "He had a great summer and was just a beast.
"He was also the No. 2 tight end prospect in the nation," Shulman added. "The chance to play high major football was too much to overcome at the time."
Mason, listed at 6-5, 267 lbs., brings much needed bulk to the post. The Mocs lose seniors Jeremy Saffore (Nashville, Tenn.) and DeAntre Jefferson (Bloomington, Ill.), while retaining starting four Chris Early (Huntington, W. Va.) and sub Jahmal Burroughs (New Orleans, La.), both rising seniors.
Junior Drazen Zlovaric (Novi Sad, Serbia) will join Mason as SEC transfers on next year's roster as Zlovaric sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules. Mason is able to play this season since he did not compete in basketball for two seasons.
"He combines great size and strength with very good post skills," Shulman continued. "Z can score it inside and out. With three years of eligibility remaining, he gives us an exciting young player to mix in with our returning veterans."
Mason redshirted as a freshman before playing the 2010 season as a reserve with the Rebels. He was rated the No. 2 tight end nationally and No. 91 overall by ESPN coming out of Christ Presbyterian Academy. He was an honor roll student during his time at Ole Miss.
He was finalist in 2008 Class AA Mr. Basketball averaging 24 points, 10.5 rebounds and 5.8 blocks per game that season. Mason was a first team All-State performer for former Vanderbilt guard Drew Maddux at CPA.GoMocs.com is the official website of the Chattanooga Mocs. The Mocs can also be followed on their official Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ChattanoogaMocs, or on Twitter, www.twitter.com/GoMocs. Find out how to join the UTC Mocs Club and support more than 300 student-athletes by clicking here.