Mocs’ Ramon Vila adds selflessness, depth inside to roster


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — The Mocs have a new face on the roster. Forward Ramon Vila transferred to UT-Chattanooga from Arizona State, and he brought his strength in the post with him.

Transfer Ramon Vila adds high level experience to the Mocs’ inside stregnth.

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“Internationally and playing at ASU for a year and having good minutes, it’s a level of experience down there that we needed,” center Thomas Smallwood said.

But his PAC-12 and international playing time aren’t the only assets he brings to the Mocs roster.

“He adds a lot of unselfishness on the team which is something we try to go for as a whole unit,” Smallwood said. “The more unselfish guys you can put in, the better it is.”

That unselfishness has helped UTC develop depth offensively.

“I think we do have a lot of guys at every position that can stretch the floor, that can be some sort of offensive weapon in their own right,” Coach Lamont Paris said. “I just don’t think we have many guys that the other team can say, ‘Okay, you don’t need to guard that guy.'”

“I think everybody on the team has proven that any given night they can go off and have a good game” Smallwood added. “So, moving from that, we just need to trust in each other and share the ball, and let the basketball find whoever’s hot that night and not try to force things.”

Vila has added to that depth. He’s averaged 8.5 points in four games for the Mocs so far — even after going a year without playing an official game.

“I feel better after every game. I just feel better, more confident, and on game day I’m like ‘Yeah, it’s finally game day!'” Vila said.

The Mocs men are back in action Saturday in Greensboro against the Spartans of UNCG. That game begins a full slate of Southern Conference games for the rest of the winter.