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UTC men's basketball coach Will Wade speaks to the media at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Richard Kalina's background in the military prepared him to be very thorough in decision-making. It's a trait he shared with his son Trey while the two were going through the college basketball recruiting process.

It's also a reason why Trey feels good about his final decision -- because it was well thought out.

The 6-foot-11 Kalina committed Monday evening to continue his basketball career at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He averaged 8.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game for North Cobb Christian as a junior, and his recruiting picked up after a solid summer on the AAU circuit.

He took visits to La Salle, Liberty and Appalachian State and could have waited on some high-major offers to come in later in the process, but he weighed his pros and cons and chose to become a Moc.

He becomes the Mocs' third commitment for the 2015-16 season, joining guard-forward Zyqwaun Matthews from Myers Park, N.C., and point guard Austin Donaldson of Jonesboro, Ga.

Kalina was unsure about how he would fit into coach Will Wade's system at UTC, but Wade assured him he'd get opportunities in the post.

"Coach Wade keeps stats about anything," Kalina said Tuesday afternoon. "One of the stats that popped out to me was post touches. Guards have the ball most of the time, but the numbers of touches for both guards and posts were about even."

It also popped out that with only one legitimate center on the roster, Justin Tuoyo, there could be an early opportunity for minutes his freshman year. After this season the Mocs will lose versatile forward Lance Stokes, who has played all three non-guard positions during his career.

"You can only get better if you play," he said.

That was also appealing to the elder Kalina, a master sergeant in the U.S. Army.

"We didn't want to make an objective judgment until we went on visits, so we could make a judgment at the end," the player's father said. "The plan was to sit down and weigh the pros and cons, but after what we'd seen with Coach Wade, it negated that purpose. He has organization and a clear vision as to how Trey fits in with the rest of the group.

"We'd talked to people who said he wasn't a good fit, but Coach Wade showed how Trey fits, which is why you go visit -- to get a good read. At the end, it was an easy decision."

Contact Gene Henley at ghenley@timesfreepress.com. Follow him at twitter.com/genehenleytfp.

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