Former VCU assistant Will Wade got a great gift when he decided to be the head coach at Chattanooga and that gift was monster forward Z. Mason. Mason ended up averaging 18.1 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 3 blocks per game as he was arguably the Southern Conference's most dominant player. Wade and Mason teamed up to lead the Mocs to an 18-15 mark, a 12-4 SoCon record, and a trip to the CIT where they lost to new SoCon member East Tennessee State.
Mason is gone now and Wade will now look to build momentum in a watered down version of the SoCon. Gone are Davidson, Elon, Appalachian State, and Georgia Southern for ETSU, Mercer, and VMI. Wade has also lost 10 points per game contributor Gee McGhee to Murray State in the transfer market.
Leading the way for Mocs will be Ronrico White and Casey Jones who combined for 23 points per contest a year ago. Not many head coaches get such a Player of the Year like player in Mason the way Wade did a year ago and this year he'll welcome three JUCO players along with three freshmen to the mix. Clearly the challenge will be very different for Wade in his second year to bring a cohesive unit together to continue to instill "CHAOS" on the court.
Keep an eye on this program who could very well compete in the new SoCon and continue to establish momentum or who could slip backwards with so many new faces on the roster.