CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. --- The Chattanooga Mocs basketball
team is off to a good start to the fall semester as August comes to a close.
Here are a few notes to whet the hoops appetite:
Season Tickets on Sale
Season tickets are now on sale to the public after the
renewal deadline passed earlier this month. There are a school-record 18 home
dates on the schedule. There are two home tournaments offering an additional
five non-UTC games for 23 total hoops dates in the package.
Austin Peay, Eastern Kentucky, High Point, Louisiana
Tech, Mercer, Southeast Missouri, Troy and Utah Valley State are among the
non-conference foes coming to McKenzie Arena. Along with Southern Conference
North Division rivals Appalachian State, Elon, UNCG, Samford and Western
Carolina, the Mocs welcome Davidson, College of Charleston, The Citadel and
Furman from the South Division.
Tickets can be purchased by visiting the McKenzie Arena
ticket office, on GoMocs.com or by calling (423) 266-MOCS (6627).
Senior guard Dontay Hampton (Chattanooga, Tenn.) is
recovering from ACL surgery performed in July. His prognosis is good.
"Tay would be out there right now if we let him," John Shulman
smiled. "We are talking about a very unique human. You never sell him short. We
are hoping to get him back by Christmas and up to speed early in the SoCon
Hampton was a team captain in 2011-12 and is likely to
retain that role this season.
Sam Watson Changes
A lot has changed for junior post Sam Watson (Knoxville,
Tenn.) in the past couple of weeks. Between a clean bill of health, jersey and
a special surprise, it's been a nice little August for the walk-on big man.
Well, that's former walk-on big man. With an extra
scholarship available, Watson has been awarded a full ride for 2012-13.
"It's the right thing to do," Shulman stated. "Sam has
been very loyal to our program and a contributor on and off the court. We are
excited to have him back."
Watson sat out 2011-12 rehabbing after shoulder surgery.
He recently got the green light for full participation in drills and workouts.
He also changed his number from 44 to 4.
Watson started 11 games as a true freshman. His insertion
in the starting lineup began a season-best six-game winning streak in 2009-10.
He has two years of eligibility remaining.
Freshmen Make Good First Impression
Farad Cobb (West Palm Beach, Fla.), Casey Jones (New
Orleans, La.), Gee McGhee (Baton Rouge, La.) and Eric Robertson (Huntsville,
Ala.) have made a very good first impression. Their work ethic over the summer
has not gone unnoticed.
"I could not be happier at this point with the work
attitude our freshman class has shown," Shulman added. "We are talking about a
special group of guys heart-wise. They are who we thought they'd be.
"That's very good because there are three starting jobs open on the wing right now," he continued. "We could start three freshmen which scares the
living daylights out of me to tell you the truth, but it is exciting at the
same time. This is a high-level group."
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