UTC's Mason Named To All-Conference Preseason Team

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The preseason Southern Conference men’s basketball predictions came out of Spartanburg on Thursday with the Chattanooga Mocs picked seventh by the coaches and media. Senior forward Z. Mason (Nashville, Tenn.) was one of 10 tabbed to the all-conference squad.

“It’s going to be an exciting year in the SoCon,” Head Coach Will Wade said. “There are a lot of senior-laden, experienced teams in the league. We look forward to the conference season.

“Z. is one of the best players in the league,” Wade added. “He certainly has ‘Player of the Year’ potential. We are eager to get started.”

Elon is the consensus favorite in the league by the coaches and media. The coaches list has the Phoenix followed by Davidson, Western Carolina, Appalachian State and Samford (tied), Wofford, Chattanooga, UNCG, Georgia Southern, Furman and The Citadel.

The 11 head coaches predict De’Mon Brooks of Davidson as the preseason player of the year. Brooks headlines a 10-person all-conference squad with Mason, Jay Canty (App), Ryley Beaumont (Elon), Jack Isenbarger (Elon), Lucas Troutman (Elon), Raijon Kelly (Samford), Tim Williams (Samford), Trey Sumler (WCU) and Karl Cochran (Wofford).

The league media members nearly mirror the coaches team-for-team. Elon leads Davidson, Western Carolina, Samford, Wofford, App State, Chattanooga, UNCG, Furman, Georgia Southern and The Citadel in that poll.

The Mocs open the 2013-14 campaign November 8 against nearby Covenant College. Game time is 5:30 p.m., preceding the Lady Mocs season opener with Alabama.

Tickets are available on GoMocs.com (link above) or by calling 266-MOCS (6627).


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