The MCCAA just announced its awards for the 2011-12 season; three Mott Community College Bears received top honors.
Mott head coach Steve Schmidt was named Coach of the Year, John Taylor Player of the Year and Ralph Eason Freshman of the Year. Eason probably etched his name into the award over the last few weeks, leading Mott in several big games including wins over Lansing and Oakland.
The rest of the MCCAA Awards can be viewed here.
It’s no surprise that Taylor won the award for the top player after scoring 40+ points in two of his last three outings. He is on track to be named a first team All-American as well. I’ve covered basketball for quite a few years and I can count on one hand the number of players I’ve seen up close that can score like Taylor.
Eason hasn’t really gotten the credit he deserves up until this point. He is Mott’s most important player, in my mind, because he has such a well-rounded game. Add to that the fact that no one outworks him.
As for Coach Schmidt, what can more be said? The numbers are gaudy.
- Career record: 569-124
- MCCAA Eastern Conference Championships: 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
- MCCAA State Championships: 1995, 1996, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
- District/Regional Championships: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012.
- National Championships: 2003, 2007 and 2008.
- National Runner-ups: 2001, 2004, and 2011.
- Final Four appearances: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2011.
Mott (31-1) will return to the National Tournament in Danville, Illinois on March 21 to make a run at the school’s fourth national championship. Mott will, with little doubt, be the no. 1 seed in the tournament. The bracket will be made known to participants on Monday night.