Fred Mattison is heading south once again. The former high school standout forward from Anderson, South Carolina, spent one season at Mott and will finish his career in West Palm Beach, Florida, playing for hall of fame head coach Rollie Massimino at Northwood University.
Mattison led Mott to conference, state and district championships this season. He was named MCCAA Eastern Conference Player of the Year and was a member of the all-tournament team at the NJCAA Nationals in Danville, Illinois in March.
Massimino, now 78 years old, is a legend in the college ranks. He is best known for coaching Villanova to one of the biggest upsets in basketball history, a win over Georgetown in the 1985 NCAA National Basketball Championship.
Mattison, at a burly 6-foot-7, had significant lower-level D-1 interest. He did not earn the requisite amount of college credits, however, to qualify because of a failed stint at Kilgore College in Texas. Northwood competes in the NAIA.
Under Massimino, Northwood has compiled a record of 201-41.