UTC's KC Hankton has his moment at SoCon tourney, helps Mocs reach semis

Staff file photo / UTC junior forward KC Hankton had 13 points and seven rebounds to help the Mocs win their SoCon tournament opener, 71-66 against The Citadel in Saturday's quarterfinals in Asheville, N.C.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - KC Hankton knows that being left-handed, he has a built-in advantage over a vast majority of the opponents he faces on the basketball court.

"I think it helps a lot," Hankton said, "because most people who play basketball are right-handed, so when they drive to the right, it's hard because most players' defenders tend to block with their right hand and I can use both."

Saturday in the quarterfinals of the Southern Conference tournament, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga junior forward didn't simply score with his left. He finished inside with the right. He knocked down a 3-pointer. He hit a mid-range jumper.

It's why Mocs coach Lamont Paris doesn't put a ceiling on how good the 6-foot-7, 215-pounder can be. Asked for a player comparison, Hankton couldn't immediately think of the name - and Paris wasn't offering any details.