Gee McGhee among three to depart UTC Mocs basketball team

Gee McGhee among three to depart UTC Mocs basketball team

April 1st, 2014 by David Uchiyama in Sports - College

UTC guard Gee McGhee (12) directs teammates on the court during the Wofford versus UTC game on Saturday, January 11, 2013, in Chattanooga.

Photo by Erin O. Smith/Times Free Press.

There will be no more calls of "Gee for Three!" from veteran University of Tennessee at Chattanooga radio announcer Jim Reynolds.

UTC men's basketball coach Will Wade said Monday that sophomore guard Gee McGhee is one of three players who will be transferring out of the program.

The other two are seldom-used freshman reserves Anthanee Doyle, a guard who played in 11 games, and center T.J. Williams, who played in 24.

"All three are looking for new schools and we're assisting with that, and we'll do anything we can to find somewhere new that will be a better fit for each of them," Wade said. "Each situation is different. My background is in teaching, so you feel that you can reach every kid. Sometimes that doesn't happen.

"It's tough, but we're going to help them find the right situation."

McGhee -- a fan favorite for his engaging personality and aggressive offensive style -- started all 33 games and finished the season averaging 10 points per game, and he led the Mocs with three assists per game.

"Gee had a great season for us and has been very productive and had a really nice two years here," Wade said. "It's one of those things where he was looking for a change and to be somewhere that better suits his game and his style of play.

"He was a reason for our success this year."

But something intangible didn't click with Wade, who succeeded John Shulman, the coach who recruited McGhee out of Baton Rouge, La.

McGhee started all 32 games for Shulman in the 2012-13 year and finished second on the team in scoring with 12.1 points per game.

"He's a popular guy, his teammates enjoy being around him and he's been a good ambassador for our program," Wade said. "We'll miss that about him."

McGhee made a total of 55 3-pointers in two seasons at UTC, including a memorable three-quarter-court shot at the halftime buzzer that became the No. 1 play on the "SportsCenter" top 10 for Feb. 23.

"I think Gee could play at a higher level than the SoCon, so we'll see where that falls," Wade said. "I think he could play at the C-USA level. We'll see who has an interest; then he and his family will make a great decision."

Doyle's decision to depart has been weeks -- if not months -- in the making. He missed most of the preseason workouts because of a health condition. Then he never found his way into the point-guard rotation, especially after junior Ronrico White returned from an offseason hip injury.

"We had discussions throughout the season and he had medical issues in the fall that set him back and hurt his progress," Wade said. "He's an awesome kid and I probably should have played him more.

"He's a ballplayer and he wants to go play."

Wade added that both Doyle and Williams could transfer to schools similar to the SoCon level or to top Division II schools where they would be able to play right away.

"T.J. really improved as a player throughout the course of the season," Wade said. "His issues were off the court -- nothing malicious. There are standards that he didn't live up to.

"He lost his way a little bit with everything you have to juggle as a college athlete."

The departures of McGhee, Doyle and Williams -- plus the addition of four signees and transfer Justin Tuoyo (transfer Tre McLean is a walk-on) -- leaves Wade with 11 scholarship players for the upcoming season.

He's looking to fill both available spots. One prospect made an official visit over the weekend, and another started his visit Monday.

"We're looking to add a bigger body," Wade said. "We're looking to add the best possible player we can get. We're looking to add some pieces to make sure we're ready to go for next season."

It's a season that will not include McGhee -- or his 3s.

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