A seven-part photo series commemorating this season's Chattanooga Mocs basketball team continues today with sophomores and juniors. This includes sophomores Drew Baker and Z. Mason and juniors Dontay Hampton Drazen Zlovaric.
Baker started two games this season, both wins for the Mocs, while play 15 total. He had 14 points and five rebounds in his first career start (Warren Wilson).
Mason returned to the court for the first time since his high school career ended in 2009. He spent two years as a football player at Ole Miss before coming to UTC for hoops.
He got off to a slow start shaking off the rust, but once he did he showed why he was such a hot prospect in his prep days. His 17-point, 13-rebound effort led the Mocs over Wofford in January. After his 18 points and 11 boards at Elon, it appeared Mason was ready to be a major force in SoCon play.
But a dislocated knee derailed his season. He missed seven straight games playing in just the final three to end the year. In his first collegiate season, he averaged 5.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game (7.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg in SoCon play).
Hampton was the sixth man for Chattanooga playing in all 32 games with two starts. He averaged 7.1 points off the bench shooting a team-high 81.6 percent from the free throw line ranking second only to Ricky Tayor in attempts with 98.
The former walk-on was awarded a scholarship prior to the season for his hard work in his previous three years in the program. He did not disappoint. Hampton had a career-high 17 points with six rebounds at Appalachian State, but it was in the home meeting with the Apps that he made a long-lasting memory.
With the game tied at 62, he rebounded a missed three-pointer by Omar Carter with seven seconds remaining on the clock. "Tay" went coast-to-coast weaving through defenders scoring a layup with 0.8 to clinch the win.
Zlovaric was the starter at the five for the Mocs. He led off 31 of his 32 appearances and was UTC's most consistent scoring threat in the post.
Drazen averaged 10.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per contest. He was one the leagues top rebounders and shooters making 54.9 percent from the floor.
Zlovaric opened the season with 10 rebounds and led the squad in rebounding a team-high 13 times. His season-high in points was 22 at home against UNCG, but his most memorable performance is his 19 points and 12 rebounds helping key the home win over Western Carolina.
Credit for the photos in gallery go to Justin Casterline, Tim Cowie, Joe Eke, Willis Glassgow, Frank Mattia and Dale Rutemeyer.