Mott Community College now ranked no. 1 in NJCAA national poll

Posted: February 23, 2011 by Jared Field in High School

NJCAA Top 10 National Poll

1 Mott Community College
2 Louisburg College
3 South Mountain Community College
4 South Suburban College
5 Erie Community College
6 Kirkwood Community College
7 Cecil College
8 St. Louis Community College-Meramec
9 Triton College
10 Lincoln College
  1. Cinderella says:

    wow that’s something!

  2. Skywalker says:

    I have never really followed or watched a CC basketball game. How would Mott ranked #1 in the country matchup against a middle of the pack MAC conference school? Just curious…

  3. JucoJunkie says:

    I’ve watched a lot of juco games in Missouri, Iowa and Michigan over the past 40+ years and Mott would consistently fare very well against many 4-year schools. Yes, they would have trouble with the higher level D-1 schools, but remember they only have freshmen and sophomores to compete against the 4-year schools. Coach Schmidt does a great job every year of recruiting some very talented players which explains why Mott has such a great record of success.

    • Jared Field says:

      Like you say, the difference is the bench. At the D-1 level, there are three and four year players up and down the bench. Guys that have had a lot more time to develop mentally and physically.

      When Mott had Simmons, Tiggs, Watson, Kennedy, Giles, Hamlin, Drake, Pegues, etc., they could have played with D-1s.

      The seven players I mentioned all ended up at the D-1 level. The backup pgs on that team both ended up in the GLIAC.

  4. JDM20 says:

    Guard wise, Mott would match up decently with alot of D1’s. The main difference are the big men. Very few Juco’s have reallly big guys “6-7 or taller” so it would be hard to compete in the paint…. There are 6-3 post players @ the Juco level that can be effective

  5. Everlast says:

    I’ve read over and over about how great Mott and I know they’ve won championships but I was wondering after all of their success why don’t they move up to the juco’s division one level. Can’t they request or apply to move up a division?

  6. JucoJunkie says:

    Several D-1 juco programs in other states are considering going D-2 due to budget constraints. Schools like MACC in my hometown in Missouri are D-1 because the talent pool in that area can’t compare with the talent in big cities and other regions. But a school like Mott can recruit top-notch local players and also attract quality players from out of state. So there’s less of a need for a school like Mott to go D-1 to get good players. Plus, every year some D-2 teams do play and beat D-1 teams on their schedule.

    • Jared Field says:

      One of the differences between the levels is housing. D-2 schools don’t typically have on-campus housing. That’s quite a perk if you ask me.

      There’s no way Mott could move up because their travel expenses would would be outrageous. I think the closest D-1 JUCO is in Illinois, Kankakee perhaps.

      Further, Mott has historically played D-1 JUCOs from across the country in the preseason (and in the summer evaluation period) and fared much better than their opponents.

      Let me remind you that this is not like the disparity between NCAA D-1 and D-2. Far from it.

      • Ty says:

        I think Mott would be very competitive. They probably would not have as many lop sided victories. But they would be very competitive in some of big D1 (JUCO) conferences.

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