CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.---Basketball season is right around the corner. The Chattanooga Mocs are hard at work preparing for the upcoming campaign.
GoMocs.com starts its three-part season preview series today highlighting the point guards. The wings (Friday, 11/1) and posts (Monday, 11/4) follow in the coming days. The game preview for Covenant launches on Wednesday, November 7, with a special “Chaos” page with video and infographics due on Opening Tip Eve, Thursday, November 8.
All this leads into the season opener on Friday, November 8 at 5:30 p.m. Chattanooga starts off with a doubleheader with the men facing nearby Covenant, while the Lady Mocs welcome Alabama into McKenzie Arena in the night cap.
Our first look is at the one. For the Mocs, it is a position with talent, but lacking in collegiate experience. Click the video link for Wade’s insight into the floor generals.
The first name that comes to mind is incoming freshman Greg Pryor. Pryor helped lead Ridgeway High School in Memphis into the USA Today Super 25 during his career. While lacking collegiate experience, he is a veteran of the full-court press as Ridgeway employed a similar system.
Sophomore Alex Bran (3.2 ppg, 37.5% 3pt) is back, while junior walk-on Andrew Houts (Trenton, Ga.) enters the mix. Neither profiles specifically as a point guard, but both have the ability to provide serviceable minutes at the one. Each has one very attractive quality…they are tremendous shooters.
Freshman combo guard Anthanee Doyle (Holly Springs, N.C.) is trying to work his way back after sitting out the majority of preseason camp with an illness. If healthy, he’ll provide a big boost at the one, especially on the defensive end.
WADE ON POINT:
“We’re very excited about our point guards. Our freshman Greg Pryor has been very, very good throughout practice and workouts. He has a natural command of the position. He brings great composure and tempo with the ball…he’s probably the best ball-handler of the group. We feel very comfortable with Greg even though he is a freshman.
“Greg’s played in a pressing style. Coach Henning at Ridgeway prepared him very well for college. He almost traps too much because he’s too aggressive. That’s good. You’d rather to try and back them off.
“Alex Bran has experience playing point guard. He has great command of the team being a former high school quarterback. He’s also an excellent shooter. Andrew Houts is very, very competitive and always has his nose around the ball. He’s always in there making plays.”
Next week is a big competition weekend for Chattanooga. Titled “Beat Week”, both basketball teams and the wrestling squad open their seasons on Friday. Football hosts a key Southern Conference matchup with Wofford the next day. Four major events will be completed within a 24-hour window.
The campus kicks off “Beat Week” on Tuesday, November 5, with a Pool Party Pep Rally. Starting at 5:30 p.m., there will be a wealth of activities with free food and giveaways at the fabulous Aquatic and Recreation Center across the street from McKenzie Arena.
There are three options to pre-purchase tickets for one or more games as the season approaches. Season tickets as well as a flex plan are available along with the single-game option. Season tickets went on sale a few weeks ago. They can be purchased for as little as $125. Purchase Season tickets, on sale for as little as $125, or the Basketball Flex Plan for $99. Click the links for more information or call the UTC Ticket Office at (423) 266-MOCS (6627).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.