Moss’s sign­ing with hoop Mocs of­fi­cial

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - PAGE 2 BITS - BY GENE HEN­LEY STAFF WRITER

Univer­sity of Ten­nessee at Chat­tanooga men’s bas­ket­ball coach La­mont Paris made the sign­ing of Myr­tle Beach,

S.C., res­i­dent Duane Moss of­fi­cial on Tues­day.

The 6-foot7 Moss, who ini­tially signed with Youngstown State, was granted a re­lease from his let­ter of in­tent to the

Ohio school af­ter coach Jerry Slocum re­tired.

As a se­nior bat­tling through some in­juries, he av­er­aged 13.8 points and 6.4 re­bounds per game at Carolina For­est High School in Myr­tle Beach, com­ing af­ter a ju­nior year in which he av­er­aged 19.5 points per game. The two-star prospect by ver­bal­com­mits. com is ex­pected to help UTC at the 4 po­si­tion.

His dad, Benny, is the as­so­ciate head coach at Coastal Carolina.

“As a coach’s son, it breeds a lot of con­fi­dence in the fact they’ve been around the game at a high level their en­tire life,” Paris said in a news re­lease. “Duane’s been in­structed by his dad; he’s been around his dad’s teams and play­ers. He thinks the game at a high level … great in­stinct.

“Good hands, good skill level. He needs to get bet­ter from a strength and con­di­tion­ing stand­point like most high school guys do. Ex­tremely ex­cited about his skill-set as a combo for­ward. When I think of some of the things we want to do on the bas­ket­ball court, he em­bod­ies a lot of that as a player.”

Moss be­comes one of five fresh­men on a 2017-18 Mocs ros­ter that in­cludes only one se­nior, for­ward Trayvond Massen­burg.

Con­tact Gene Hen­ley at ghen­ley@ times­freep­ress.com. Fol­low him on Twit­ter @gene­hen­leytfp.

“As a coach’s son, it breeds a lot of con­fi­dence in the fact they’ve been around the game at a high level their en­tire life.”

– LA­MONT PARIS

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