The first bit of good news following no. 6-ranked Mott’s upset loss to Oakland in the District 10 semifinals last week came Tuesday morning. Mott sophomore guard Malik Albert was named the MCCAA Eastern Conference’s Player of the Year. He was also named to the All-MCCAA and All-Region first teams.
Albert scored 31 points in his final game as a Bears and goes in the books as the second-most prolific scorer in the Steve Schmidt era (John Taylor). Albert averaged 25.4 points per game and leading Mott to a 25-6 record. Albert scored 30 or more points in 10 games this season.
He also improved as a passer in his sophomore season, averaging 4.5 assists per game.
Albert will also be remembered as one of the best athletes to ever play at Mott. For a program that has turned out some unbelievable athletes (Doug Anderson, Thomas Kennedy, Rashi Johnson, etc.), Albert can certainly hold his own.
As for the next step, Albert is weighing several options including Iowa State and Missouri. If your favorite team needs backcourt scoring, Albert can provide that and more.
All-Region XII Team 1st Team
|G||Malik Albert||SO||Mott||Detroit, MI|
|G||Ken Coates||SO||Lake Michigan||Benton Harbor, MI|
|G||Shaun Duncan||SO||Wayne County||Detroit, MI|
|F||Lee Gardner III||SO||Glen Oaks||Kalamazoo, MI|
|F||Angelo Griffis||SO||Glen Oaks||Kalamazoo, MI|
|F||Jevonte Hughes||SO||Kalamazoo Valley||Kalamazoo, MI|
|G||Darerraul Jackson||SO||Wayne County||Detroit, MI|
|G||Juwan Johnson||FR||Ancilla||South Bend, IN|
|F||Marques Pool||SO||St. Clair County||Flint, MI|
|G||DeMarkus Stuckey||FR||Grand Rapids||Grand Rapids, MI|
|G/F||Matthew VanDyk||FR||St. Clair County||Imlay City, MI|
|F||Jametrius Wade||SO||Oakland||Lathrup Village, MI|