By Jackson Sparks, Sports Editor —
The Mocs 2020 men’s basketball team will have a new look this season, with several players transferring in and out of the program. Per Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, of the 13 scholarship players on the Moc’s roster, nine started their careers at different institutions.
However, one constant remains… fifth-year senior David Jean-Baptiste looks to take over the absolute leader role for the Mocs at his guard spot. Last season, Jean-Baptiste improved his statistics in all areas and is the Mocs leading returning scorer. He is the Mocs only returner starter and is set to bear a significant load in McKenzie Arena.
Trey Doomes, a West Virginia transfer from a season ago, looks to take on a larger role from his 10 minutes-per-game status last season. The junior athletic specimen is the highest recruited player on the team and has high hopes for his next campaign.
Malachi Smith, who redshirted last year after a transfer from Wright State, was a candidate to start last season had he been eligible. He was a member of the 2018-19 Horizon League All-Freshman team. Mocs faithful has high hopes for his prospects.
Another duo of transfers, A.J. Caldwell (South Alabama,) Stefan Kenic (Cleveland State,) found themselves regularly on the court for the Mocs and will be a key part of the season.
Josh Ayeni (South Alabama,) transferred this season with immediate eligibility and Mocs head Coach Lemont Paris expect him to contribute right away.
With a handful of other transfers and guys waiting in the wings, Chattanooga looks to pick up right where they left off… competing for SoCon Championships.
Last season, the Mocs finished 20-13 and found themselves in the semifinals of the Southern Conference Tournament. If this group of transfers can gel together, they could find much of the same success.
The Mocs take the floor for the first time of the campaign Nov. 25 against Bellarmine with a limited capacity crowd.