Mott opens season on Saturday at home versus Jackson

Posted: November 4, 2010 by Jared Field in College

FLINT, Michigan — The Mott Community College will open Coach Steve Schmidt’s 20th season on Saturday night at home versus Jackson Community College starting at 7 p.m. The Bears will be showcasing a strong crop of sophomores including a big and athletic frontline of Doug Anderson, Mike Brigham and Leviante Davis. It’s clear to anyone who has watched early season practices at Mott that any one of the three is capable of leading the Bears in scoring this season.

In the backcourt are quick and efficient sophomores who can penetrate and knock down shots on the perimeter. Point guard Demetrius Miller has drastically improved his outside shooting and on-the-ball defense since coming to Mott. Heck, the kid didn’t even play defense in high school and last season he was named to the MCCAA’s all-defensive team. Marshawn Norris couldn’t move his feet on defense when he first came to Flint, but fans started to see subtle improvements on that side of the ball near the end of his freshman season. Norris looked tremendous in the spring and summer for Mott. Sam Burton is the biggest matchup problem in Mott’s backcourt. He presents a unique challenge for defenders with his size (6-3) and his explosiveness. Athletic sophomore TJ Cameron played a lot of minutes for Coach Schmidt last year and even started a bunch games. This season, Cameron will have more competition for playing time with the addition of Davis, who is similarly versatile and defensive-minded.

Expect to see those four get the bulk of the minutes in the backcourt early on, but don’t be surprised to see Memphis (TN) freshman point guard Boo Marshall play more and more as the season progresses. Marshall, along with 6-4 uber-athletic freshman forward Walter Davis, will likely see the most time on the floor of the freshman. Robert Littlejohn, a 6-8 power forward from Memphis (TN), has the most upside of the southern trio, but it typically takes bigs a little longer to get adjusted to the college game.

One surprise is the addition of sophomore transfer Ricky Rowse (Flushing, MI). Rowse will serve as a one-man zone buster for the Bears. He has the purest outside shot on the team and was among the top 3-point shooters in the state while at Flushing. In the few games that Mott has lost in the past couple years, the team’s inability to shoot its way out of a zone has been an issue.

Mott will have to contend with Jackson’s 6-4 freshman James Johnson (Saginaw Heritage), who scored 26 points in his last preseason game. Johnson isn’t explosive, but he has an inside/outside game that will give some teams problems this season. Another player to watch is 6-5 freshman Alex Archambeau (Eaton Rapids). He was a standout in high school and should eventually be one of the Jets’ best players.

Harold Peterson, a key reserve for the Jets, was the backcourt mate of Mott’s point guard Demetrius Miller at Flint Central for two years.

Jackson is coached John Willis, who took over for Steve Finamore after he left to take the head coaching position at his hometown East Lansing High School this summer.

Tickets are $5 at the door.

  1. kenn says:

    Where did the seniors from last years mott team transfer to?

    • Jared Field says:

      The sophomores you mean. Torian Oglesby went to Bowling Green, Bobby Lewis to Northwood. Deon Rice went to a D-II as well, but I can’t recall the name. Those were the only sophomores as I recall.

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