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.
LANCE STOKES, MADMAN
Junior Lance Stokes (Orlando, Fla.) is a mad man. Not like Don Draper from AMC’s hit show “Mad Men”, nor the likes of Rasputin and mad men of his ilk known for their craziness and evil throughout history. No Stokes is a “Madman” in Head Coach Will Wade’s system.
“Lance has really bought in to being the ‘Madman’,” Wade stated. “That’s going to be his identity for us. He has to have high energy being on the ball…being all over the ball.
“He’s going to be a guy who goes all-out all the time, flying around the court making plays happen,” Wade added. “It’s because he wills his way to making them happen with multiple efforts and just flying all over the place. I’m very, very pleased with Lance and his progress through the first couple of weeks of practice.”
The “Madman” plays a key role in “Chaos”. He’s at the front of the press setting the tone with unbelievable energy. It’s a defined role for Stokes, one he hasn’t had in the past.
Stokes has started games at both the three and four since arriving in Chattanooga two years ago. In fact, he has started 14 of his 49 appearances. His versatility at providing defense and rebounding at the three along with energy and grit at the four is a perfect mix for what’s to come in this, his junior season.
TWO TRANSFERS MAKE IMPACT
Sophomores Justin Tuoyo (Fayetteville, Ga.) and Tre’ McLean (Charleston, S.C.) took different routes to reach the Scenic City. The duo has to sit out the 2013-14 season as far as playing in games, but that does not limit their ability to impact the squad.
“Justin and Tre’ have been great in practice,” Wade said. “Anybody we put with them has been winning. They both have a great spirit around them…they’re winning guys.
He added, “They’ve been terrific in practice; they’re going to be terrific in games. They’ll keep our bench spirit high and can start the momentum in our favor with their energy and vibe there.”
Look for each to make a significant impression when the 2014-15 season rolls around. Tuoyo’s knowledge of the system from his year at VCU coupled with his enthusiasm and athleticism quickly puts the spotlight on him.
McLean started out at DII Queens University of Charlotte for current Mocs assistant Wes Long. His length (7’ wingspan) and ability to shoot and score the ball provides an opportunity to earn playing time early and often when he gets the chance.
For now, they make their teammates better every day on the practice floor.
TICKET FLEX PLANS NOW AVAILABLE FOR 2013-14 SEASON
Season tickets went on sale a few weeks ago. The option of choosing a single game began last Monday. What if you want to purchase multiple games, but can’t be at every contest to get the value of season tickets?
Mocs Flex Plan is now available as well. This plan is aptly named “Flex” and at a cost of $99, fans get 12 vouchers good for any home game this season.
Since it is a voucher, it is exchanged at the box office for a valid game ticket meaning the owner gets to sit in any available regular reserved seat in the arena that evening. The vouchers can be used for men’s or women’s games.
It can be used in any combination. The owner can get 12 tickets for one game or go to 12 separate nights or any combination of dates that add up to using the 12 vouchers. It is subject to availability in the regular reserved sections.
Purchase the Flex Plan, Season Tickets or the single-game variety at GoMocs.com or by calling (423) 266-MOCS (6627). Plenty of good seats remain in the newly-renovated lower bowl.GoMocs.com is the official website of the Chattanooga Mocs. The Mocs can also be followed on their official Facebook page or on Twitter. Find out how to join the UTC Mocs Club and support more than 300 student-athletes by clicking here.