FLINT, Michigan — At a scrimmage Tuesday night versus Mid-Michigan Community College, Mott fans were introduced to a player many had never seen before. Of course they actually had seen Chavis Mattison, one of the few returning players from last season’s national title squad, before … but not this Chavis Mattison.
The 6-5 forward played sparingly as a freshman, but has played his way into contention for a starting position for head coach Steve Schmidt. Mattison, as one fan pointed out, looks like an undersized Jalen Rose out there. He is a tremendous ballhandler with court vision and touch. He only got to play in the final session (he had a class) but, as soon as he hit the floor, he started turning heads.
Mott assistant coach Yusuf Harris said Mattison has been impressive all preseason. Harris said his abrupt emergence as an impact player reminds him of former Mott and Oklahoma State standout Daniel Lawson.
All told, the scrimmage (Mott won all three sessions) didn’t tell us a whole lot about the Bears that we didn’t already know. Mott has a ton of talent, but it’s going take some time to get everyone in the fold. They have a lot of work to do on the defensive end.
Mid-Michigan, to their credit, was very competitive early on and have a couple really solid players (especially the lead guard).
Mott’s first game is at 7 p.m. at home November 3rd versus Grand Rapids.