By Jackson Sparks, Staff Writer—
Trey Doomes, formerly of The University of West Virginia, is poised to take the SoCon by storm and raise the bar for the Mocs Men’s basketball program.
Doomes, originally a 3-star prospect out of University School in Fort Lauderdale FL. transferred to Chattanooga after a playing in 12 games as a true freshman for the West Virginia Mountaineers.
Late last month, Doomes was granted a waiver from the NCAA for immediate eligibility, setting his debut with the Mocs for Nov. 5th at Eastern Kentucky.
“I’m just excited to be on the floor,” said Doomes. “It was a relief to get the waiver.”
The 6-foot-3-inch guard felt Chattanooga was a great destination for him as he sought to transfer.
“This is a great fit,” said Doomes. “The coaching staff made me feel comfortable on my visit and I love my teammates.”
He said his new teammates were very welcoming and they do as much as they can off the court to build a strong bond well before the season starts. He also emphasized that the transition from a big basketball program in Morgantown to a smaller Chattanooga program allows for a significant boost in confidence.
“I felt like I was lacking confidence at West Virginia because it was so businesslike and political,” said Doomes.
Politics in college basketball usually means favoring the big name recruits and playing the student-athlete that will provide the program the most attention and marketability.
Doomes looks to bring leadership and a hard-working personality to the Mocs this winter.
“I’m somebody that works hard every day, I want to lead this team to a place they’ve never been before,” said Doomes. “I’m going to do the best I can, and do all of the little things right.”
He understands the potential danger that a lack of leadership in the locker room can be for a team.
“At West Virginia, we didn’t have as much leadership from our seniors,” said Doomes. “I want to bring leadership here and have it translate through other players.”
West Virginia had its lowest win total since 2012-13 last season and it sounds as if Doomes charts it up to lackluster leadership.
The Sophomore guard has high hopes and goals for himself and the Mocs during his career in navy and gold.
“I want to end up being the SoCon Player of the Year,” said Doomes. “We need to win the SoCon for sure and get into the NCAA tournament, we just need to continue to win like we started this summer.”