Moctoberfest is a month-long celebration of Chattanooga Mocs
men's basketball. It includes historical moments, social media interactions and
introduction to UTC's freshmen among the myriad of video tributes and stories.
Day Two is devoted to the only two-time NBA Draft pick in
the program's history. He's also the only Chattanooga student-athlete to be
drafted by both pro leagues of the 70's being selected by the ABA as well.
That man is UTC Hall of Famer Walter "Moose" McGary.
McGary is one of the elite big men to ever play at
Chattanooga. He competed for three seasons (1972-74) and was an All-American
leading UTC's rise to national prominence in the NCAA Division II glory years.
His selection in 1974 was the first in school history followed by Wayne Golden
He set the school record for rebounds with 347 during his
junior year in 1973. After that stellar campaign, McGary was selected in the
eighth round of the NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. The ABA's Virginia
Squires also claimed him in their eighth round. No matter, McGary chose to come
back for his senior season.
The Mocs were 53-27 (.663) during his tenure capped by the
first 20-win campaign in school history in 1974 (21-5). He averaged 16.2 points
and 9.8 rebounds per contest earning All-America honors from the NABC as a
"Moose" was an apt nickname as he amassed 1,449 points and
937 rebounds in his career. He ended up averaging 18.3 points and 11.9 boards
per game during his career (79 games).
Following his final season, the NBA called again. This time
the New Orleans Jazz picked him in the 10th round in 1974. A long NBA career
may not have come to fruition, but McGary had a huge impact on basketball,
especially in the Chattanooga area.
Inducted into the UTC Athletics Hall of Fame in 1992, he
started coaching in 1989 at Alton Park Middle School. He took over for the
legendary Henry Bowles at Howard High in Chattanooga for the 2005 season and
has continued building on the proud "Hustlin' Tigers" legacy.
His last three squads have reached the TSSAA State
Tournament with the 2011 team reaching the final four. The 2008 squad also made
the tournament in Murfreesboro reaching the final four. McGary's teams have
reached the state in five of his eight years with a record of 194-49 (.798).
Chattanooga opens the season Monday, November 12, against
Tennessee Temple in McKenzie Arena at 7 p.m. Season tickets for a school-record
18-game home slate are available. Call 266-MOCS (6627), go online here
at GoMocs.com or stop by the Gate One McKenzie Arena Ticket Office.
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1 - First NCAA DI Game
2 - Walter "Moose" McGary
3 - To Come