The 2016-17 campaign ended abruptly for the Mott Community College Bears on Thursday afternoon in Port Huron.

The issues that plagued the Bears in big games all season long came to the fore at the worst possible time, as Macomb turned a 21-5 second half run into an 85-84 win.

Macomb will take on Wayne County on Saturday for the right to play in the NJCAA National Tournament in Danville, Illinois. Wayne County pulled a shocking upset over no. 9-ranked Schoolcraft College.

“We had some great looks down the stretch that didn’t go down,” said Mott head coach Steve Schmidt to MRSN radio. “These are two good teams.We competed right to the end.

“It’s a process. We just have to keep working.”

The Bears led by as many as eight points in the second half but, as we’ve seen in several big games this season, they failed to put a good team away.


Mott (24-7) led by one at the break and started the second half with on a 9-2 run punctuated by a 3-pointer from freshman point guard Darwin Weis. The Bears led by eight points and just 10 minutes later, trailed by eight.



Mott actually tied the game at 76 after a basket by freshman swingman Marcus Cole, but were unable to wrestle back the lead. After a pair of Macomb free throws with five seconds left, Austin Walker’s triple at the buzzer only made the final score more demoralizing for Mott fans.


Mott shot 36 percent from the field and were out-rebounded by 14 in the second half. The Bears’ lack of a frontline scorer and defender came back to haunt them against the Monarchs and their 6-8 beast Gary Parry.


Macomb freshman Dwight Burton led the Monarchs with 19 points.

Sophomore and 1,000-point scorer Diandre Wilson scored 25 points with six boards in his final game at Mott. Shawn Pardee added 16 points. Cole and Walker, both freshmen, added 10 points apiece.

Unlike the past few seasons, it appears the program is back on the right track. That said, Mott cannot afford to start another season two returning players. If Cole, Pardee, Walker, Weis, Sidney Mason, Louis Taborn, and Deon Palmer all return, Mott could contend for a national title next season. But based on the last few seasons, returning everyone is highly unlikely.


FLINT, Michigan — Steve Schmidt’s stars shone brightest on Tuesday night in the quarterfinals of the District 10 tournament. Schmidt’s Bears were matched up against Delta, a team they beat twice in the regular season by razor-thin margins.

Sophomore Diandre Wilson and freshman Marcus Cole proved to be too much for the Pioneers, as Mott advanced to the tournament semifinals with a 76-68 win. Mott will take on Macomb at 1 p.m. on Thursday at St. Clair Community College.

Wilson and Cole, Mott’s leading scorers this season, scored 51 points including the Bears’ first 10 points. Cole scored 13 of his 20 points in the first half while Wilson waited until the second half to score the bulk of his game-high 31.

The Bears were remarkably efficient early on, connecting on 15 of 23 shots in the first half including five of their first eight 3-point attempts.

Nursing a five-point lead at halftime, the Bears led by only a basket midway through the second half before sophomore Robert McCalley exploded for five points in less than 30 seconds. The Bears led by as many as 13 points with three minutes left before fending off a late Delta run to win by eight.

McCalley scored 16 points off the bench for Mott (24-6). Freshman sharpshooter Shawn Pardee added nine points.

Jonathan Swift led Delta with 21 points. The Pioneers finish the season with a 10-15 record.

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Mott Community College will begin the 2017 NJCAA District 10 playoffs against Delta College at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night in Flint. The Bears, fresh off Wednesday night’s 71-55 win over Wayne County, will be favored against Delta, a team they beat twice during the regular season. Both games were decided by less than four points.

Delta finished the regular season with a 10-14 record. If the Bears beat Delta Tuesday night, they will play the winner of Henry Ford and Macomb at St. Clair Community College Thursday night.

The Bears’ win over Wayne County was the 14th win in 15 home games this season. Mott’s regular season record improved to 23-6. Mott led by 14 at the break and never was never close in the second half.

“That was a good win; They have good athletes on perimeter and inside,” Mott head coach Steve Schmidt told MRSN Wednesday night. “Now it’s march madness. We got a lot of good efforts (tonight), but there’s a lot more to do. It’s win or go home now.”

Mott sophomore and 1,000-point scorer Diandre Wilson led all scorers with 33 points, five assists and five steals. Freshman sharpshooter Shawn Pardee added 15 points.

The Bears, now at full strength for the first time in several weeks, surrendered  only 55 points against Wayne, their best defensive performance in over a month. They will need that and more to knock off top-seeded Schoolcraft.

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Mott sophomore Diandre Wilson led the Bears with 26 points against Macomb on Saturday (Feb. 25)

Mott head coach Steve Schmidt confirmed what many fans already knew Saturday afternoon after his team’s 83-79 loss to Macomb.

“We’ll probably see this team again,” said Steve Schmidt, among the winningest coaches in JUCO basketball history.

Schmidt has made a career out of avenging regular season losses in the playoffs.

The Monarchs and the Bears, ranked 12 and 13 respectively in the most recent NJCAA poll, comprise two-thirds of the Big Three in the MCCAA’s Eastern Conference — Schoolcraft rounds out of the trio. For the MCCAA Eastern Conference to have three legitimate national championship contenders is unprecedented.

The Bears (21-6) will take on Alpena on the road Monday night before wrapping up the regular season on Wednesday night at home versus Wayne County. That game could decide third place in the conference. If the Bears get the third seed, they would play the sixth seed in the first round of the District 10 tournament March 7 at home.

Schmidt has foreshadowed postseason success for this squad all season long, and he did it again even in defeat Saturday afternoon. Schmidt told MRSN radio that he is not discouraged about the team and their prospects for the near future.

“I still feel like we have a lot left in  us,” Schmidt said. “That was one hell of a college basketball game.”

That was an understatement.

Mott trailed by nine at the half and by as many as 12 early in the second half before a furious comeback. Led by Marcus Cole, Diandre Wilson and Shawn Pardee, the Bears sprinted out on a 20-5 run punctuated by a Cole dunk that put Mott up one midway through the second half.

The Monarchs (22-4) led by freshman Dwight Burton responded with a 9-2 run of their own. The Bears, with their best forward Robert McCalley on the bench with four fouls, couldn’t get the stops they needed down the stretch. McCalley ultimately fouled out with less than five minutes left in the game.

Freshman point guard Darwin Weis cut the Macomb lead to one with under three minutes to play before Macomb’s Antonio Capaldi responded immediately with a triple to put the Monarchs back up four. Macomb made its free throws down the stretch to put the game away.




“We battled back; we made a few mistakes but our guys hung tough,” Schmidt said. “They are in first place for a reason. Really Proud of the effort. I liked a lot of things.”

Mott split the season series. They beat the Monarchs 66-58 at home January 25.

Wilson, the Bears’ leading scoring, led Mott with 26 points. Cole poured in 18 points with eight rebounds. Freshman guard Austin Walker added 13 points off the bench.

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2017 NJCAA District 10 Men’s Basketball Tournament
March 7, 9, 11, 2017
St. Clair County CC, Port Huron, MI

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Campus Sites, Higher Seed

Game 1 – Eastern Conference 6th Place vs. Eastern Conference 3rd Place, 7:00 or 7:30 PM
Game 2 – Eastern Conference 7th Place vs. Eastern Conference 2nd Place, 7:00 or 7:30 PM
Game 3 – Eastern Conference 5th Place vs. Eastern Conference 4th Place, 7:00 or 7:30 PM

Thursday, March 9, 2017
St. Clair County CC, Port Huron, MI

Game 4 – Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2, 1:00 PM
Game 5 – Winner of Game 3 vs. Eastern Conference 1st Place, 3:00 PM

Saturday, March 10, 2017
St. Clair County CC, Port Huron, MI

Game 6 – Winner of Game 4 vs. Winner of Game 5, 1:00 PM

Winner advances to NJCAA Division II National Tournament in Danville, IL

FLINT, Michigan — No. 13-ranked Mott rode a spirited second half performance to knock off St. Clair Wednesday night in Flint, 86-68.

The Bears needed a strong performance heading in to Saturday’s road matchup against first-place Macomb County. That game will go a long way toward deciding who is crowned the MCCAA Eastern Conference champion.

The Bears’ looked lifeless in the first half against St. Clair, seemingly going through the motions against a completely outmanned Skippers squad. The Bears led by three at the half and strode meekly to the locker room. A little less than 15 minutes later, there was an entirely different team on the court.

Five minutes into the second half, the Bears led by 12 points after an 11-2 run. Mott was sparked by freshman sharpshooter Shawn Pardee and fellow freshman reserve forward Louis Taborn. Not only is Taborn one of the only players on the planet actually taller than his roster height (6-4), he’s also exactly the type of player this team has lacked for most of the season.

Taborn, who has played sparingly this season, brings another level of energy and effort on both ends of the floor. In limited minutes, he scored 12 points (season-high) and pulled down 10 rebounds.

Sophomore guard Deandre Wilson led Mott (21-5) with 20 points (including a dunk) and six assists. Pardee and Robert McCalley added 14 and 13 points, apiece. Freshman point guard Darwin Weis, who sets the bar for energy and effort in the backcourt, had seven points with six assists and six steals.

The Bears have a couple days to prepare for Macomb, a team that they beat by eight points at home a little more than three weeks ago. Listen live Saturday afternoon on The game tips at 3 p.m.

No. 10-ranked Mott falls to no. 13 Schoolcraft,73-65

Posted: February 15, 2017 by Jared Field in Mott

The biggest game of the season didn’t go as planned for the no. 10-ranked Mott Community College Bears Wednesday night.

Mott lost its first home game of the season to no. 13-ranked Schoolcraft, 73-65. The Bears had been tied for second place with the Ocelots coming in to the game. After the loss, Mott will need some help to win the MCCAA’s Eastern Conference this season. Fortunately, the Bears still have another shot at Macomb, currently the top team in the MCCAA.

“Let’s give credit where it’s due; (Schoolcraft) deserved to win tonight,” Mott head coach Steve Schmidt told MRSN radio. “Every hustle play they seemed to get. But all you can do is keep plugging away.”

Mott has a great chance to run the table in the final five games of the regular season. It would be hard to envision any other road to the conference title.

The Bears trailed by 11 at the half, and by as many as 16 in the second half, before cutting the lead to nine with 10 minutes left in regulation. Four minutes later, a basket by Schoolcraft’s Tariiq Jones gave the Ocelots a 15-point lead.

The Bears cut the lead to eight points late but couldn’t get any closer.

“We have to use this game in the right way; this loss is on all of us,” Schmidt said. “We have to take collective responsibility.”

Mott (19-5) was led by freshmen Shawn Pardee and Marcus Cole  who scored 16 points apiece. Sophomore Diandre Wilson added 13 points.

The Bears return to action Saturday afternoon at Delta. The game tips at 3 p.m.

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Mott’s Diandre Wilson enters 1,000-point club

Posted: February 15, 2017 by Jared Field in High School



Mott sophomore Diandre Wilson

It’s not easy to be a household name in the Schmidt House. For more than two decades, Mott has been a clearinghouse for high-level guards who always seem to find their way to the D-1 level.

Enter sophomore Diandre Wilson.

The 6-2 combo guard from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is among the top JUCO guards in the country this season. Wilson has scored 30-plus points four times this season including a 37-point outburst against rival Oakland.

He is averaging 22 points per game with four assists. His season average is the second-most for any player in the Schmidt era (John Taylor, 24.9). It’s more than big-time players like Ohio State guard Jeremie Simmons, Alonzo Evans (Cincinnati) and Rashi Johnson (MSU).

Wilson is the real deal.

With plenty of basketball left to be played, he has already etched his name into the history books as one of the top scorers in program history.

Heading into Mott’s clash with Schoolcraft on Wednesday night, Wilson has 1,067 points in his career, good enough for third-most in the Steve Schmidt era (he passed former National Player of the Year Jay Youngblood last month).

With a little luck and a lot of stellar play, Wilson has an outside shot at reeling in former Mott great Malik Albert (Creighton), who scored 1,252 points in his career. (Simmons is the all-time leading scorer with 1,349 points.)

Wilson has earned a reputation for doing what he calls “making something out of nothing.” He has shown an ability to score on and off the ball, to create for himself and his teammates.  He’s about as steady a player as we’ve seen at Mott; he’s calm, calculating and creative.

Wilson’s coach shrugs off comparisons between his current and former players, preferring to highlight their uniqueness as individuals.

“Diandre has the ability to make plays … he’s deceptively athletic, although he’s not going to blow you away with his athleticism,” said Mott’s hall of fame head coach Steve Schmidt. “He has a very high basketball IQ, is mentally tough and extremely confident.”

Schmidt said Wilson’s final chapter at Mott is far from being written. He has an opportunity to lead his team in the same way many of the great guards in the past have – through the postseason.

Wilson, for his part, sees a big difference in his play from last season that could be crucial for his team down the stretch.

“The things that have really changed about me as a player is making the right play at the right time,” he said. “Making sure I’m making the game easy for myself and teammates. Also being a leader at all times on and off the court.”

Schmidt acknowledges as much, first noting Wilson’s improvements off the court and their effect on his performances on it.

“He’s really matured and taken on a leadership role as well as taken ownership in the program,” Schmidt said. “As a freshman, he was our top player on an average team that didn’t work as hard as it takes on and off the court to be successful. There’s a reason why we only brought Diandre and Sean Corcoran back from last season. Diandre put a lot of extra time in after his freshman season. He stayed here in the spring to take classes and we worked diligently on his game. He matured and become more comfortable with our program.”

Mott fans are just as comfortable with Wilson leading the upstart Bears this season. With a 19-4 record, the Bears are on pace for their best season since 2013.

The dream for Wilson is a national championship run and an opportunity to play at the next level, one that many before him have seen through.

“I think he will have a smooth transition to the next level because of his understanding of the game, and his ability to make plays,” Schmidt said. “He’s also done a great job of putting himself in position to graduate.  There are a lot of great players who lose sight of the academic piece and end up scrambling.”

Schmidt says there are a number of solid D-1 programs who know his name and are currently recruiting him.

“They also know what to expect when they recruit a player from Mott,” he added.  “We just need to focus on taking care of business down the stretch and the other things will take care of themselves. There is no doubt in my mind that he will be successful.”


Mott improves to 19-4 with road win over Henry Ford, 84-73

Posted: February 8, 2017 by Jared Field in College, Mott

Mott Community College has one week to prepare for its biggest game of the season next Wednesday night at home versus Schoolcraft.

The Bears dispatched Henry Ford 84-73 on Wednesday night in Dearborn thanks to a pair of timely offensive outbursts against the Hawks.

Henry Ford is not a team to be taken lightly. The Hawks, a longtime rival of the Bears, have wins over Oakland and Schoolcraft this season. Mott struggled to put Henry Ford away in the second half.  The Hawks have been notoriously tough at home for many years.

Mott head coach Steve Schmidt was not discouraged by his team’s play defensively, and seemed pretty impressed by some of the shots that were falling for the opposition.

“Everything for us starts with Darwin Weis defensively,” Schmidt told MRSN Radio after the game. “He brings a lot of energy to the game … but they hit some tough shots … (Henry Ford) is a good team. They’re going to knock off some teams in front of them before the season is over.”

Mott (19-4) trailed in the first half before cutting loose on a 20-4 run to take a 14-point lead. Henry Ford responded with a 16-6 run of their own to cut the lead to six with four minutes left in regulation. From that point, it was all Bears.

Mott scored the game’s next eight points. Freshman sharpshooter Shawn Pardee buried a huge 3-pointer from the corner with three minutes left in the game to extend the lead to nine. Mott cruised to victory from the charity stripe and got out of Dearborn with an important victory.

The Bears are still very much in control of their own destiny in the MCCAA Eastern Conference.

Sophomore guard Diandre Wilson led the Bears with 20 points. Freshman Marcus Cole added 18.

Jerris Cargile had 24 points for Henry Ford (10-9).

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No. 7-ranked Mott blows out no. 12 Oakland, 96-80

Posted: February 4, 2017 by Jared Field in Mott



Mott sophomore Diandre Wilson

The top JUCO guard in the state poured in 37 points to lead no. 7-ranked Mott over no. 12 Oakland on the road Saturday afternoon, 96-80.

Mott sophomore Diandre Wilson, fresh off being named the NJCAA player of the week, scored 25 points in the second half to turn a tight game into an easy victory. He added six assists and six rebounds.

The Bears led by four at the half and nursed a three point lead early in the second half before Wilson led the Bears on a 20-7 run. Back-to-back triples by Wilson put the Bears up 16 midway through the second half and they held serve for the rest of the game.

“It’s a hell of a win,” said Mott head coach Steve Schmidt to MRSN radio after the game.
“They’re a really good team and they’re awfully tough (at home)…this was a man’s game. We had some men step up today.”

The Bears desperately needed this win after letting one get away in the final seconds Wednesday night at Wayne County, 62-60.

“If we’d played like that the other night, we wouldn’t have lost,” Schmidt said. “I’m really happy with this win. We control our own destiny.”

Mott freshman Marcus Cole scored 18 points with six rebounds and a thunderous dunk. Freshmen Shawn Pardee and Sidney Mason added 14 and 10 points, respectively.




The Bears are now 7-2 in conference and 18-4 overall. That puts Mott in a tie for second place behind Macomb, which has a hellish schedule down the stretch of the season. The Monarchs only loss in conference came to Mott last month. The Bears will get another crack at Schoolcraft, currently tied with Mott in second place, at home on February 15.

The Bears have another tough game on the road Wednesday night against Henry Ford. The Hawks have played great of late including a win this week over Oakland (17-5).

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Mott freshman Marcus Cole slams home two of his 17 points against Alpena (Gerry Leslie photo)

The Mott Community College Bears made quick work of Alpena on Saturday afternoon in Flint. The Bears’ top scorer, Diandre Wilson, could not miss from outside and led the Bears to an easy win, 85-52.

The Bears, winners of 13 of their last 14, entered the game tied for first in the MCCAA’s eastern conference with Macomb and Schoolcraft. After Saturday’s game between those two, Mott is now tied with only Macomb, a team they beat Wednesday night by eight.

Mott head coach Steve Schmidt said he had to work to keep his team focused for Saturday’s tilt, as Alpena (0-11) came into the game winless on the season. Alpena’s head coach, Frank McCourt, will retire after after the season, his 50th with the Lumberjacks.

“These are tough games to get ready for,” Schmidt told MRSN radio after the game. “To their credit, they’ve hung in there. Our league is good, so it’s tough.”

Mott (17-3) led the Lumberjacks by 21 at the half and by more than 30 for long stretches of the second half.

Wilson, a future division one guard, led all scorers with 31 points. Wilson had eight triples on 10 attempts. Freshman forward Marcus Cole added 17 points.

Schmidt said he continues to be impressed by the play of freshman point guard Darwin Weis, who came up huge for the Bears on Wednesday night versus Macomb.

“He’s still doing a good job running the team,” he said. “He’s defending well .. and anytime you hold a team to 52 points, you have a good chance of winning the game.”

Weis had nine points, seven assists and four steals. 

Schmidt’s Bears will have three consecutive road games coming up, including Wednesday night versus Wayne County, a gym that has not been friendly to the Bears in recent years.

“I think we’re a much better road team than we’ve been in the past few years,” Schmidt said. “I see this team getting better, I really do. We have a tough stretch, but I think this team is up to the challenge.”

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