Huff next addition in week of Mocs’ star-studded transfers

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — The Chattanooga Mocs picked up another huge transfer commitment Sunday. New head coach Dan Earl poached another one of his star players at VMI to join him in the Scenic City.

Guard Honor Huff was named SoCon All-Freshman and Virginia SID Rookie of the Year last season. He averaged 10 points and made 38 percent from three for the Keydets. His season high hit 23 points, ironically against Chattanooga in January. In fact, he scored 20 or more four different times.

The tricky part is, unless UTC can get a waiver, Huff will have to sit out this coming season.

Huff will have a friendly face in the locker room, though. VMI’s former center Jake Stephens the first big commitment Dan Earl secured. At 6-11, averaging just under 20 points a game, Stephens fills the Mocs desperate need in the post.

“We’re so thrilled to have him,” Earl said. “He’s a wonderful young man. Did really well for us at VMI. Works his tail off, gets in the gym. High character kid, wonderful family. So, it’s really good for us because he’s a good player but also the culture of our program of getting in the gym, getting better, and he makes other guys better. He certainly can score himself around the bucket, shoots it really well from three, but he passes really well. So, I think the guys here are excited to have him on the team.”

Earl is known for his three-heavy offense. VMI was the highest scoring offense and best three point shooting team in the SoCon last year — in large part thanks to Huff and Stephens.

Adding to that arsenal, Earl got a commitment from transfer Jamal Johnson Friday — a 6-4 guard known for shooting the three.

Johnson has played for Memphis, Auburn, and most recently UAB, where he made 37 percent of threes coming off the bench. He scored double digits in four games, as well.

“Another really good person, high character guy, really good player,” Earl said. “He’s had a couple stops that he’s been through college basketball, wanted to get this one right, and I think he’ll fit really well in our system. Can shoot the ball. Can also drive the ball, handle it as well, so we’re super excited to add him to our family.”